Are You Working for Yourself or Resting in the Lord?

Are you working or resting in the Lord

There may be times in your life when you feel as though you’re at the end of your rope.

I’ve heard it said, “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hold on.” I propose today that you don’t tie a knot in your rope, but that you let go of the rope and fall into God’s hands. The more you fight and work to hold on to what you have, the more stressed and overwhelmed you’re likely to feel.  Luke 9:24-25 reads, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?” Don’t be afraid of what you’ll lose, be joyous over what you’ll gain – rest in, and be at peace, with God. 

Here’s another saying that I’ve heard numerous times, “If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.” And here’s a simple, but profound statement, “If nothing changes, nothing changes.” What those statements mean is that if you don’t change something about your life, your perceptions, priorities, relationships, and your relationship with the Lord – things in your life will remain the same. Something needs to change.

What needs to be changed in your life? In your perceptions? In your relationships? In your priorities?  There’re times when you actually have to fight for things to remain the same. The Lord doesn’t want us to run from change, He wants us to run to Him, which sometimes require us to cease from everything we’re doing; to cease from all of our hard work at maintaining our current life, and turn to Him. The Lord is calling you to the promises that He has ordained for you and your life (Hebrews 3:7-4:11)

Application:

You may be asking, what do I need to do to enter into God’s rest. Let’s see what Hebrews says –

Hear the Lord’s voice today, don’t hardened your heart against Him, and believe what He says (3:7).

Do not fear (4:1).

Don’t feel guilty about resting or taking some time out for yourself to refresh yourself.  Understand that you don’t have to do everything all the time (4:4).

Understand that if you’re where God has for you to be, you’ll be at rest (4:9-10).

There may be times when we have to work to enter into God’s rest, we may have to work at changing those things in our lives that need to be changed. Remember that when times seem difficult or overwhelming not to fall into unbelief of His promises. As long as we’re following the Lord, changing those things that need to be change, you’ll enter into His rest (4:11).

Don’t give up. Stay encouraged. Continue seeking the Lord’s face and following where He leads.

I look forward to reading your thoughts and experiences regarding working toward something, resting where you are, and or how you manage change in your life.

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