And on the seventh day, God put His feet up but was thinking about everything He still had left to do, so after facebooking a few minutes, he got up to go check on the kids.
Absurd, isn’t it?
How about this one: you decide to take a road trip. A scenic one. And once you’re all packed and ready to go, you hit the gas station before you leave. You put in… are you ready for this?…one gallon. You don’t really have the time, energy, or money to do more so you add only a gallon. You’ll stop again when you need to refuel.
How much sense does that make? You’re correct. It makes none. Yet, you and I do this constantly. When is the last time you had a date with your significant other? When was your last vacation without itinerary? When was the last time you spent hours in your Bible without all the distractions of the world crashing in on you? When was the last time you did something enjoyable with no other agendas like working out, meeting friends, or even doing a holy activity? When was the last time you quieted your soul to receive a fresh word from the Lord?
Sister, you have GOT to put more than a gallon in your tank.
And how do you do that? You stop your work. ALL work. Even holy work! Stop spousal work. Stop parental work. Stop career work. Stop house work. Stop volunteer work. Stop His work. How can you ever hope to enter His rest while you’re still doing work?
As Christians, we tend to think that holy to-do’s don’t count as things from which we should rest. We allow guilt and obligation to cloud our judgment and keep us too busy to enter the rest that God has for us. So we run around on an empty tank serving for God without having time with God.
And why did God create rest? Do you think it’s because He needed it? No, I think it’s because we needed it. We need to recharge, we need to have meaningful interactions with Him, we need clarity, and we need to be still.
By the seventh day God completed His work that He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work that He had done. God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, for on it He rested from His work of creation. Genesis 2:2-3
Then He told them, “The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath. Mark 2:27
Have you ever had a meaningful interaction with someone who was busy cleaning? Or busy facebooking? Or busy doing anything else? You haven’t?
That’s exactly what we give back to God. And we wonder why some people seem to have this fiery or emotion-filled relationship with God while ours remains seemingly hollow and cold. Oh, sure. We have moments and glimpses and encounters. But we were meant for more than a measly glimpse.
Stop work. Invest in Him. Invest in His rest.
He will meet you there.