For the past two weekends, Pastor Mark Jenkins preached messages that I particularly liked titled “Rest and Work.”
Mark said there is a pattern in creation for work in the days – 1) Fellowship with God, 2) Rest your body, and 3) Work during the day (not the night). In creation (and the Jewish calendar), the day began with evening.
God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. (Genesis 1:5)
Isaac Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion is Force = Mass x Acceleration. But God has His own Law of Motion – “We are to work from our rest, not rest from our work.”
For thus says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” But you would not. (Isaiah 30:15)
Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. (Psalm 55:22)
God initiated work in the Garden of Eden before the fall of man, so God intends for work to be a good thing.
Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. (Genesis 2:15).
Work is not a curse.
- Unemployment causes our lives to fall below what is standard.
- There is no such thing as retirement.
- There must be work in heaven.
The world says “Be successful,” but the Bible says “Be fruitful.” Fruit comes from abiding in the Vine (Jesus). There is no shortcut.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” (John 15:1-2)
“By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” (John 15:8)
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” (John 15:16)
Here’s the bottom line: More than anything else, God desires intimacy with you. Going deeper with God requires you to rest with Him and in Him. God is much more interested in who we become than what we do for Him. He created us as human beings, not human doings.
So let me ask you: “On a scale of 0-10, how are you doing resting in God?” What is ONE Thing you can do to improve that?
1) 3 Laws of Sowing and Reaping – I especially recommend watching the video with Jim Rohn
2) Are You Prepared To Lose To Gain? by Kevin W. McCarthy
Blessings to work from your rest, not rest from your work!
Joseph Peck, M.D.
The Time Doctor
Author, I Was Busy, Now I’m Not
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