I’m the kind of person that will go until my body gives out. It wasn’t until I turned 30 that I started to think about taking naps. This past Sunday after church I was determined to take a nap and I did. When I woke up, I felt the Spirit speaking to me about rest. But I have a feeling that the Spirit was talking about more than a just a nap though.
If I could boil down the gospel down to something very simple. It is God’s call to us to stop striving for our own righteousness and to rest in the righteousness he has supplied for us in Christ. The problem for me though is I work hard at everything. I work hard to pay my bills and to support my family, but I also work hard for people to like me. I work hard for people to think I’m doing good. The truth is, it just gets tiring.
“So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.” Hebrews 4:9-11
I’ve come to value a good nap because it brings rest that my body needs. My soul is in need of that same rest. Instead of fighting to work hard to earn people’s approval. The word encourages me to fight against that striving and to work hard at resting.
We do need to fight and strive. We need to fight hard to believe the Gospel. I’ve been telling myself almost daily that in Christ, God has become satisfied with me. Don’t fight hard to believe because it’ll make God happy, fight because it’ll bring you peace. Blessings!