The Rest of the Gospel (I Was Made For This #5)

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We were made to be like God. God works, so we work. But God also rests--so we rest. As we see in Genesis 2:

1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. 

Unfortunately, resting isn't quite so simple anymore because even our rest isn't really rest. Our work is sometimes so long that we don't have time to rest, or it's so intense that no amount of rest seems to suffice. And then when we do rest, sometimes it doesn't feel very restful. So what can we do?

Jesus has an offer for us in Matthew 11:

25 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; 26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

We were made to be like God. God works, so we work. But God also rests--so we rest. As we see in Genesis 2:

1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. 

Unfortunately, resting isn't quite so simple anymore because even our rest isn't really rest. Our work is sometimes so long that we don't have time to rest, or it's so intense that no amount of rest seems to suffice. And then when we do rest, sometimes it doesn't feel very restful. So what can we do?

Jesus has an offer for us in Matthew 11:

25 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; 26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”