May 22, 2019

Dear Beloved,
                           “Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be 
                      careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.” Hebrews 4:1 (NIV)

In Exodus God commands that His people take time to enter His rest. He called it ‘Sabbot’ or “The Sabbath”. Israel became very law driven and legalistic and missed God’s total intent. His point was simple: I am the God you need me to be and I need you to trust me with every aspect of your life!” What was meant for a blessing of God’s people became an observance of religious rule.

Jesus comes on the scene and reiterates this command in this way.“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28–30 (NIV)

Are you entering into His rest? Do you have scheduled time to simply listen to His word in your life and reflect on the goodness and favor He wants to provide for you? Mary and Martha (Lazarus’s sisters) reveal the truth of so many. While Martha was so concerned with doing during Jesus’ visit to their home, Mary was focused on being!

Jesus didn’t call you to do, but rather be! This journey in His righteousness is only accomplished in our surrender to Him. There is absolutely nothing we can do outside of Him that will have any eternal value. Many have shipwrecked their faith because they begin to lean on their strength and accomplishments instead of His grace.

If we don’t take time to REST we will miss so much of what God wants to reveal to us. Here is an acrostic to consider:

R – eflect on His goodness and favor in your life
E – ngage His Word
S – ee what He is doing around you
T – ake time to listen to His voice and direction in your life

If you don’t plan it, you will never do it. We need time out of our every day, week and year to realign, recharge and re-evaluate our lives from His perspective. Don’t fail in this; everything else and everyone else in your life depends on it.

Have a blessed week!

Pastor Eric