Day #31 – My Rest

I woke up this morning and read Hebrews chapter 4 which talks about the Christian’s rest. Prior to Christ, the Sabbath was observed as a day of rest, and even today, there are Christians who fight over which day to observe as their “day of rest.” However, I think they’re missing the point all together. Our rest isn’t in a day, but in a person – the Lord Jesus Christ, our high priest.  Salvation is by grace through faith, not of works. We rest in Christ because we no longer have to work for our salvation. It has already been accomplished. One of the saddest sights that I’ve witnessed are those who claim Christ yet are focused on works believing that they can loose their salvation. I also see it from the other side where some believe that they were pre-chosen from the beginning of time to be the “elect” and focus all the time on repentance. If they’re not working on repentance, then they aren’t the elect. In both cases, there is no rest because there is no surety of salvation.

Now don’t get me wrong, the Christian walk is full of repentance as the Holy Spirit reveals and leads. I did a lot of repenting when I was born again, and I’m still repenting. But it isn’t a work. It’s God revealing stuff in my heart that I need to turn away from and give to God. But it isn’t a work. It’s responding to God. At the same time, as James points out, we are saved unto good works, meaning that true faith naturally produces good works – just as a good vine produces good fruit. But again, it’s not a works based salvation. It’s all the result of our salvation.

Many people today are living in fear – fear of COVID or other illnesses, fear of the economy, fear of world events, you name it, someone is afraid of it. Ultimately there is the fear of death itself. For me, there is no fear. Instead, there is rest and peace. I know who is in control and I know that as soon as my heart stops beating, I’ll be immediately in the presence of the Lord. What ever happens today, well, it happens. But I’m not going to freak out over it. Jesus Christ is my rest, and I need to remember to enter into it every single day.

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November 21, 2021

As a Jew, my Sabbath day is Saturday. But that is just me.