"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
(John 14:27 KJV)
"Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest: that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed."
(Exodus 23:12 KJV)
Nothing that is done is done without a purpose. Our Awesome God created the solar systems to make us a home by command and all of nature responded with detail and precision to have them work perfectly. So when God commands, "thou shalt rest," He has a purpose for resting. What does rest mean to you? Is it the calm before the storm? Is it physical or spiritual rest?
There are three types of "rest" that are talked about in the Bible and that should be mentioned at this time, 1) physical rest that was commanded in Exodus 23:12, 2) peaceful love that was promised in John 14:27 and 3) "My rest" that is a reward in Hebrews 3:11. #1 Can and should be experienced by both Christians and non-Christians while #2 & #3 can be experienced only by the Christians.
#1 is a commandment given by Our Awesome God for all to take time to "rest" and worship Him. This commandment, if not followed, can make the person not doing it sick. We all need physical rest. #2 is promised to the man that faithfully follows Jesus' commandments and it is a warm, loving process for those that know Our Awesome God. And #3 is a reward for believing in Jesus Christ and God, it is an eternal home in heaven.
What kind of rest is God offering us? In all cases, rest is a relief from work. In #1, it is rest on earth from physical labor and in #2, it is rest on earth from the spiritual stresses of our work. But when Our Awesome God says, "enter into My Rest," (#3) He is referring to being with Him in heaven, where our work on earth is over and the state of rest may be permanent. But to receive #3 you must be a Christian.
Our Awesome God accepts anyone who realizes that they are sinning and is ready to stop sinning and do it God's way. Come, tell Him your sins and that you are ready to stop. All Christians have confessed, because only our Lord can get rid of sin for you. Don't wait! A Christian is just a saved sinner. Become a Christian by repenting of those sins and believing in Christ's ability to pay your sin debt.
Join us at LWBC as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard to tell everyone about Jesus Christ and His salvation. We start with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. There are many opportunities to learn about God in our programs. See what you can do!
Flo & Bill