The Rest of the Story [Part 2]

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All productivity in the Christian life flows from resting in Christ’s finished work.

Today’s Text: “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.” (Genesis 2:1–3, ESV)

On God’s last day of creation, He did nothing. And God loved it. He blessed the seventh day. He called it holy. He celebrated the day His work was completed!

Adam and Eve were created on God’s last day of creation; so their first day of life and engagement with the world was God’s seventh day. God did His work so that Adam and Eve could be released into their vocation. The creation and call of humanity could not begin until God finished His work.

The greatest productivity of your life will flow from resting in the finished work of Christ. The more that you rest in Him – trust His promises, surrender to His sovereign grace, and rely upon His strength – the more you will soar. Your vocation in this world will never be empowered by your own strength or will. The flesh will never bear lasting fruit. It is in the surrender of your life to God that you are filled. It is in relaxing into God’s purposes and His power that you are given the wings of an eagle.

The Sabbath was always a shadow pointing to the fullness of God’s plan to redeem us through Christ’s work so that we could labor not for love, but from love. God blessed the Sabbath because He does not delight in His children being stressed, worried and fearful of condemnation. He delights in His children living with wide-eyed wonder at the goodness of creation and with fearless zeal to represent Him on the earth.

Life isn’t drudgery; it’s a joy. Life isn’t about striving; it’s about peace. Life isn’t about using people; it’s about enjoying people. Life isn’t ultimately about the work you can do; it’s about the work God has done.

To be a Christian is to live immersed in Sabbath consciousness. Christ, our Sabbath, has ended the need to strive for affection or acceptance. Christ, our Sabbath, has rested from His work on the cross and anyone who accepts Him, is born again out of that rest. God’s finished work is the beginning of our new life in Him. And that’s the Gospel!

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