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Called to Rest

Romans 12:1-2

Verse 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.

Today we start looking at another aspect of Sabbath keeping. We will spend our week working through what it means to rest.

Rest is another verb that sounds like an “anti-verb.” Like ceasing, there are multiple angles to this word. This week we will be looking at spiritual rest, physical rest, emotional rest, intellectual rest and social rest. Each of these forms of rest are important in our lives and need to be applied.

Rest is something God uses to refresh us, whether in body, mind or spirit. God, in His infinite wisdom, created us as rechargeable beings and He didn’t leave it up to us on how to recharge. He set up a system that would regularly recharge us. The thing we often forget is that this recharging has a purpose. He needs us to be fully charged so that we can do the work He has for us to do.

Knowing that God has work for us to do to accomplish His will and to build the kingdom should make us eager to obey Him in Sabbath keeping. The problem we come up against too often in our lives, is how obedience can become less of wanting to show Him love and more about how well we can keep rules. We work so hard at trying to make rest happen that we forget that it is an act of love to the Father.

The Pharisees are one of the greatest examples of belaboring following the law of Sabbath keeping. They created more laws to make sure the old laws were being followed. They didn’t know the rest that God calls us to on Sabbath. They missed the joy of resting in Him and His presence. They didn’t know the rest that God has called us to and sadly they didn’t really care to know.

We don’t want to make the same mistake that the Pharisees made. We don’t want to miss the joy that God has for those who find rest in obedience to His law. Let’s learn to rest in Him and know the true gift of the Sabbath.

Making It Personal

What does rest mean to you? How do you find rest? Do you make a practice of resting?

Making It Personal Kids

What does it mean to rest? Do you like to rest? What are some ways you find to rest?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for guiding us to rest. Thank You for designing us to be recharged. Father, please teach us to rest in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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