Rest. Sleep. and the Finished Work of Christ.

Do you feel rested?
Me neither…

The baby didn’t sleep.
My days are busy.
I have so much to do.
I stayed up talking to a friend.
I stayed up too late watching Netflix.

We usually associate rest with sleep. Sleep is important and sometimes the most important thing you can do is take a nap (He gives to his beloved sleep Psalm127:2) but there is so much more to rest than sleep.

I have been tired lately so naturally I have been studying rest <I guess my personality is showing>

  1. Our exhaustion shows us that we are finite. Our need for sleep reminds us daily that we can’t do it all. At some point we must stop, let everything fall, and sleep. I can’t think of a better way for God to say, “Hey Kayla, I am God and you are not.” It also encourages me to look into eternity knowing that I will not ever be wishing I had more sleep when Jesus comes back. So today I can praise God because He is God, not me, and He is coming back. When he comes back we will fully experience rest… for all eternity.
  2. God rested from His work in creation providing a model for us. God took a day of rest to ENJOY his work. It is more productive to stop and rest than continuing on in exhaustion. Put down your regular work, enjoy what you have done, and rest from it. Even moms!
  3. True Rest is finding contentment in the finished work of Christ. It is hard to rest when there is still work to be done! The most important “work” is that of Jesus doing all of the “work” for us. He Lived a perfect life and died so that we might live by grace not by works. Did you catch all those uses of work… THE work is done! Believe in the finished work of Jesus. In the midst of the craziness of life, breathe deeply in complete satisfaction that you have the righteousness of Christ, you can’t earn any better standing before God than you already have if you have trusted Jesus.

    I find great comfort in this because God does not look down on the state of my house, the pile of laundry, the unfinished dishes, the person I wanted to call but didn’t get around to and He is also the encouragement for me to continue working because a day is coming when Jesus will return saying, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega the beginning and the End.” Rev. 21:6

How do you rest?

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