Reason #7: I Am God's Resting Place
Rest is a topic that can be troubling for some of us. What does it really mean? A good night's sleep? A vacation? Time spent with family at a ballgame? The demands of life try very hard to make us feel like we don't have time to rest. There's always one more meeting, one more document, one more email…
It's way too much work to rest.
I have been hearing God speak to me over the last several weeks about rest. I am guilty of taking on more than God is asking me to do sometimes, just like everyone else. When I do that for a while, he is quick to remind me that I should only be saying what I hear my Father say and doing what I see my Father do. And when I take on other people's assignments, the stress, pressure, and agitation I feel grows until I choose to hear God's voice again and follow the steps he gives me.
I've been drawn to a passage in Hebrews 4:6-9. "So God’s rest is there for people to enter, but those who first heard this good news failed to enter because they disobeyed God. So God set another time for entering his rest, and that time is today…So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God."
When I accept the gift of the Holy Spirit, I become God's resting place. 1 Corinthians 6:19 verifies that I am his temple: "Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?"
If I am living a Spirit-led life, and I am his resting place, then I must acknowledge how much importance God places on rest. Making Sabbath a part of my life is important. And this isn't just setting aside a day each week to rest. It's living a life of rest, knowing that when I'm allowing the Spirit to lead me, I'll feel his rest as I say what I hear my Father say and do what I see my Father do.