Saturday, 29 August 2020

Labour To Rest

The New Covenant is a call into rest. Yes, we are called to rest from works. We are called out of every labour of ours.

"Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief." (Heb 4:11).

The only labour we are supposed to do is the labour to rest. Not the labour to overcome sin or the labour to get power, gifts of the Spirit, blessings, answers to prayers, etc. We labour to rest, we strive to enter into that reality of effortless work — that reality where we are just enjoying God and out of that enjoyment we are living above sin, easily manifesting the power of God and gifts of the Holy Spirit, blessings are just coming our way effortless, and our prayers are being answered. Our labour is to go into this sabbatical leave. We labour to let go of our works.

The flesh doesn't want to go, it wants to work, it wants to achieve everything by its own power so that it can boast. But you must labour with this tendency, take up your bag and journey into rest. The flesh will try to rationalize it, telling you that rest makes no sense. It will tell you life is all about responsibilities and obligations. But Christ is calling you into a feast, and it makes no sense to the flesh. Indeed the gospel is foolish to man (1Cor 1:22,23).

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matt 11:28).

Come into the feast, get drunk with the Holy Spirit, and you will find the power to do all your responsibilities and obligations effortlessly. It will no longer feel like work to you because you are *filled with so much power that what used to seem like heavy work is now like child play to you.* This is why the feast is wise. You may think it is foolish until you realize the power that comes with getting drunk in this feast. So let go, leave the works of religion, and go into sabbatical. Go into rest, embrace the reality of Christ. Press to enter into that effortless work by drinking hard.

Yes, spend more time drinking — drinking of God's love — and celebrating the finished work of Christ. Celebrate the truth that you already have the power to live above sin, you have the nature of God including self-discipline or self-control, you are already blessed with all blessings, and in Christ you have everything you need for life and godliness. Everything you need to survive, everything you need to flourish, both as a human being and as a Christian. Rejoice, celebrate and drink deep. Allow yourself be drunk with love for this amazing Saviour who has freely give you these things.

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