The deep peace of knowing we’ve been accepted by Christ should be changing the way we work and rest… into rest at work. There is more to rest than our past and our future. And there is also more to rest than a day off or a vacation.
- Think about your past. When you accept Christ as Savior- there is rest in knowing you’ve been forgiven for all your sins.
- Think of your future. Because there is also the hope of the future rest we will have in heaven.
But there is also a rest today. The author of Hebrews writes: “Now we who have believed enter that rest…” Now. So not only do we get a physical day or two off once in a while., but as we go about our daily work, whether at our jobs or as parents, or whatever else it is that you do, you can not only occasionally rest FROM it, you can rest IN it, too. If your truly resting in your unconditional acceptance by the God of the universe, your work should look a lot different than the harried, blowing up at co-workers, late again for the meeting, yelling at the kids, thorns and thistles that everyone around you is experiencing as work. Here’s how:
- Because you rest in Christ, you’re going to work towards excellence, but you’re not going to worry about the outcome, because good or bad, that’s up to God. You are not accepted based on outcomes.
- Because you rest in Christ, your work doesn’t define you, Christ and his acceptance of you is what defines you.
- Because you rest in Christ, you don’t overwork- because you’re not approved by taking on more than you can handle. And you’re not lazy- because you trust God will provide the rest you need.
So now Christians have a choice: we can do our work the old way or the new way. We can strive and contend and struggle or we can “rest at work.”