Abiding in Rest

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This post is meant to be read with the sermon “Abide in Rest.”
Click here to listen, and then click back to this post to read along.

The Big Ten

  • No other gods.
  • No graven images.
  • Don’t take the LORD’s name in vain.
  • Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
  • Don’t murder.
  • Don’t commit adultery.
  • Don’t steal.
  • Don’t lie.
  • Don’t covet.

#4 is the least understood commandment, but it is extremely important.

So what was/is Sabbath?

  • A day of rest, devoted to God.
    • Exodus 20:8-11

How serious was God about the Sabbath?

  • Life and Death
    • Exodus 31:12-17

Why did God give Sabbath to His people?

  • A Day to Rest (Leviticus 23:3)
  • A Day to Remember (Deut 5:15)
  • A Day to Worship (Mark 1:21)

What does this have to do with us?

  • First of all, Christians are not required to observe the Sabbath in the same way as Israel. (Mark 2:27, Colossians 2:16-19, Hebrews 4)
  • The Principle of Sabbath Rest
    • Even though we are not required to Sabbath, we shouldn’t neglect the principle of taking a regular Sabbath rest.

So how can we abide in rest?

  • We need to develop rhythms in our life.  Here are three specific areas.
    • Rhythms of Rest
      • (Create boundaries that protect your ability to rest. My example: Email Boundaries)
    • Rhythms of Reflection 
      • (Work to develop ways to regularly reflect.  My Example: Journaling)
    • Rhythms of Worship 
      • (Weekly Worship, Family Worship, & Private Devotions)

Recommended Resources:

Here are some resources that I have found helpful.
41ymerlulGL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Making Room for Life – Randy Frazee

DeYoung Crazy Busy – Kevin DeYoung

 

Taking God for Granted

Have you ever noticed how quickly you can take something for granted?

I have.

In fact,  I’ve noticed that I can take everything in my life for granted. I’ve also noticed that it comes so naturally that I have to work to keep it from happening.  If I’m not intentional about it, I start to take my family, my job, my life, and even my salvation, completely for granted.   And when this happens, I stop thanking God.  More than that, I stop even realizing that I should thank God.  Everything in my life, given enough time without intentional effort, loses its wonder and simply becomes normal, so I take it for granted.

Now insert Heaven into this picture.

The Bible speaks of Heaven as a place of unending joy and satisfaction. A place that we can never take for granted.  Now I’ve already said that I have never experienced anything that I could not take for granted, so the question becomes…

How is this possible?

I am convinced that the answer is that God is there.

You see, only an infinite God can satisfy for eternity. Even though His gifts are good, they don’t have the capacity to replace Him.  They can only serve to point us to an infinitely satisfying God who is far better than every good gift that He gives, and who can never be taken for granted.

Now you may be asking, Isn’t God here as well?

Yes. But here is the difference. (1 Cor 13:12)

12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12

The only reason why we have to work to not take God for granted on this Earth, is because we don’t see Him clearly.  It’s like visiting the Grand Canyon on a foggy day.  You know it’s there, but something is keeping you from seeing it.  In the same way, our current existence has a way of masking God.  In Heaven we will see Him clearly, and everything will be changed by the sight of Him.  But “seeing” God here on Earth requires us to abide in Christ (John 15:1-11) through His word and by spending time with Him in prayer.  We must learn to intentionally turn our eyes to Him (Heb 12:1-2) and ask Him to let us see past the fog. Otherwise, the fog of life obscures our vision and we miss what is truly valuable.

Only in God can we find constant satisfaction for all eternity.  Only in Him do we find what we can never take for granted.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. – Romans 8:18

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