I have learned so much about being a “Christian” – we have taken the gospel and cheapened it, made it “easy” and a no-brainer thing to do…. We can add salvation into our lives and still live the same life…..the result is frustration, brokenness, secret sin, addictions, divorce, depression and the list goes on and on….
We have people raise their hands and repeat a prayer and BAM ETERNAL SALVATION!! We teach them the “right things” such as….
Die to self daily….Crucify yourself… Carry your cross…be Holy for God is Holy… nail it to the cross….Leave it at the altar… only to end in disappointment and failure.
I have found the secret place – the place where there is VICTORY – the place where there is FREEDOM – the place where we are suppose to dwell as Christian people! It’s called REST!! Enter into God’s REST!!
We all need Him, but we think we can do on our own. We know we are broken, we know we need something…..so we end up trying to fix ourselves in relationships, or we end up in addictions….. We find someone hoping they can save us only to find out when we get to know them they have baggage too!! I have problems they have problems – we learn they can’t be our savior…..
On the 7th day God said “It is GOOD, and rested” – It’s called the Sabbath day which means REST –
In Jer. 17 he speaks of the Sabbath he says “do not bring loads of…..into the gates” God wants us not to come into his presence loaded down, with baggage from our lives, loaded with guilt, loaded with “stuff’ – He wants us to enter into his presence FREE and light so we will have a “TRUE WORSHIP EXPERINECE WITH HIM” He wants FREEDOM WITH ME…
We get bogged down with the stuff of the world, money problems, relationship problems, work problems, addictions, secrets, deceptions……..trying to hang on by a thread at times hoping that if we could JUST CONNECT WITH HIM I could be FREE!!! And we enter into the “Sabbath” loaded down!!
When God gave the 10 commandments HE said “Remember the Sabbath Day” – remember SIN BREAKS SABBATH – or REST!!!! Remember the things you hold on to breaks REST – remember the relationships that are killing you, the secrets that are holding on to you – the sin that has hold on you – the money problems you have, the job that …..the child that……….. the wife that………the husband that…….the……………the anything that……… BREAKS REST!!!
When Jesus comes onto the scene and he says ….. well he actually screams ““Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”….Matthew 11:28-30
Most shout about it – most dance about it – But MOST never do respond to it.
You see, we only enter the rest of God by our relationship with Jesus Christ. As we live consciously presence, we are at rest, and he provides our needs.