Theme of the Week: How to Make the Most of Your Sabbath Rest
Bible Verse: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
Scripture Reading: Psalm 62:1-12
As we think of holidays and vacations ahead, one might feel the need to rest while not really knowing how to fully enjoy this much important aspect of our lives. So here are three things to know about rest:
To rest doesn’t simply mean to “stop”
To rest doesn’t just mean “to stop”, it means “to come”. That is, come to God, with whatever worry, burden, or situation that is preventing you from experiencing peace. This means there is a meeting place for you to rest, and it is in the presence of Jesus.
Rest is not just something we do
Rest is not just something we do, it’s something we receive from the One who is able to give it: Jesus. You might have used the expression “Give me a break!”. We may say that, for example, when we want someone to stop doing something that we find annoying. However, their “stopping” doesn’t really produce the rest we are looking for. But God definitely can produce it in us! When is the last time you asked him for rest?
Rest is not just physical, it’s spiritual
We often define rest as a time to give our body time to renew its strength. But resting our bodies is not enough. We need more rest for the simple reason that we are more than just bodies: we are souls, spiritual beings that live and feed off the word of God. The rest we need is, therefore, spiritual, too.
Many other things could be said, but thinking of those three things will help you remember that whenever you feel weary and burdened, you can simply come to Jesus, receive God’s rest, and enjoy it!
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