How do you live in a way where you are at rest in your soul?
I see, talk to and counsel many of our “yes-hearted” volunteers and leaders, who are serving with great fervor, yet such restlessness in their souls. There’s different reasons why unrest, tension, strife live within our souls. Why do we live with such unrest? Servants of God are burning out, rather than burning with fire of passionate intimacy for Jesus. Could it be that God is calling us to rest?
The rest I need comes from knowing who God is, having God centered desires and living a Christ focused life.
Let these passage simmer in your soul:
Psalms 16:7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure,
God is my Lord, counselor, instructor, my foundation whereby I will not be shaken. Who God is, our God centeredness, heart to focus on Jesus, living gratefully unto Him, seeking His counsel before any other counsel, believing and knowing that God is by our side - should be what we choose to live by, and attitudes and confessions of our faith.
2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Ahhhh...maybe I need NOT strive to being such a productive, fruitful Christian. What I mean is that my disciplines and works towards becoming Christlike and God centered must be the overflow of who Jesus to me in love and grace. His grace is sufficient to me and in me! Maybe I need to rest in my weakness, not try to “self-improve” to the point that I fail to recognize that His power is made perfect in my weaknesses.
Embracing my weaknesses are a bit more difficult for me to do. I’d rather live secure, confident in who I am in Christ. Maybe the strength of my Christian life is resting in who I’m not - by resting in my weakness.
My friends, sabbath your soul finding rest in Jesus!