By Deanna Sweden
Most of us enjoy finding the “easy” way through any situation. We look for the quickest route when traveling. We look for the most efficient ways to get our work done. We look for shortcuts whenever possible and we enjoy times of rest and relaxation. Well, Jesus paid the highest price for us to live in a place of rest.
Like the words say in the song, “Little ones to him belong. They are weak but he is strong.”
Jesus did the most difficult task of dying on the cross to pay the price in full for us to live a life entering into his rest. His rest is such good news as it brings shalom — where God will withhold no good thing — into every area of our lives.
Our heavenly father knew it was best for us to have times of rest as he placed a whole day of rest each week and listed that in the 10 commandments.
Deuteronomy 5: 13-14 says, “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work …” that those with you “… may rest as well as you.” That word “rest” also speaks of this same “rest” for which Jesus paid the price.
When Jesus died on the cross, he said, “… It is finished.” (John 19:30)
With those words, he completed that task that he had come to the earth to do. He had paid the price in full for our redemption from everything that had come under the curse of original sin. This included opening the gates of heaven so “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
This also includes nothing missing, nothing broken in every area of your life including physical health, finances and relationships.
Hebrews 4: 9-11 said, “There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered his rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest …”
So how do we apply this to our own lives? We believe that God’s word is true and that his word applies to our own life and our own circumstance. We do what we are able to do and trust and lean on God for the “rest.”
We need to speak actually out loud what God says about our circumstance because faith comes by hearing and hearing of the Word of God. As we continue to speak out God’s word, we come to a place where our mind is at complete rest knowing that God is moving in our circumstances. Then we “rest” knowing that it is finished because Jesus said so.
Miracles are waiting to happen in your life and God wants us to “rest” as he did and learn to let heaven invade our reality.