Obeying King Jesus leads to rest. Jesus promises this.
My job is trust Jesus. My job is to learn.
And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief. | Hebrews 3:18–19
So how do I stop trusting myself? How do I place my full trust in God and His promises? I enter into God’s rest by first understanding my total inability to enter God’s rest on my own. Next, I enter God’s rest by my total faith in the sacrifice of the Messiah and complete obedience to God and His will.
Jesus has paved the way. Jesus makes it easy.
- Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden.
- I will give you rest.
- Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me.
- I am gentle and humble in heart.
- You will find rest for your souls.
- My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
Unlike the Israelites whose unbelief prevented them from entering the Promised Land, I am to enter God’s rest by faith in Him, faith which is a gift from Him by grace (Ephesians 2:8–9).
I need rest. I get tired.
There is good news. Jesus gives me rest. I find it in Him. Jesus, the Messiah and King of God’s country, challenges me to come to Him. Of course I am weary. That is something I have to confess to God.
I am carrying too many burdens. They are mine and I love to whine and complain about them. People politely listen. At least I think they do. Maybe they aren’t really. Am I a broken record just droning on while they politely smile while preparing their mental grocery list?
Jesus promises to give me rest. My job is hitch myself to Him. My rest is in him not sleep and slumber. Jesus assures me it isn’t really difficult but easy. Really? Yes, really!
My job is to learn from Jesus. How does Jesus do it? Jesus busies Himself with God’s business. I need to learn about gentleness. I need to learn about humility. They lead to rest. I can stop striving.