(January 7, 2021) The following is a portion of a great article found in Relevant magazine regarding rest. Too often in our society, rest is seen as weakness or lethargy. This article sheds important light onto the value of rest.
When you hear the word rest, what comes to mind? In a culture where the world wears busyness as a badge of honor, how can we live under God’s banner of love? Some of us find it hard to simply breathe, struggling to just keep up. Others of us feel too burned out to even think about rest. We’re in survival mode. Exhausted. And if we’re honest, even though the idea of rest is supposed to be refreshing and inviting, our works-based church culture has turned rest into another spiritual checklist that stresses us out. Yes, keeping the Sabbath is one of the Ten Commandments, but God’s heart for us to rest isn’t designed to be an added millstone of guilt around our necks, to get to His goodness. Unfortunately, in some Christian circles, the response to people burned out is this: It’s your fault. You’re not resting. Jesus’ response to our lack of rest is shockingly opposite to these condemning voices. “Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28 Jesus understands our humanity. Jesus Himself experienced exhaustion and loneliness. He’s tasted weariness, anxiety, and stress. God’s heart for rest goes deeper than what we can do for Sabbath. True Sabbath is returning to whom God created us to be: accepted and beloved, just as we are. Jesus invites us to rest.