Good morning, are you ready to have a great work week? God by His grace is ready to give you one!
Today let’s pick up where I concluded last week with Genesis 5:29, …and He called his name Noah (rest), saying, this same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands…
I am continually learning about God’s grace, it is so amazing! I have also recently been amazed listening to some Christian discussions making a very simple gospel extremely complicated. Usually complicated with a lengthy list of rules, or weighted down with a lot of theological bull. This gospel is so simple, don’t let anyone muddy the waters, (as we see in the book of Galatians), hindering you from reigning in life.
We have been taught for generations, that we have to make our own way in life. I once heard a motivational speaker say, “if its going to be then its up to me”. This mentality runs opposite of God’s word, and yet that has been, and still is the dominant message to believers. We need to step over into the Gospel Revolution of Grace, and learn the simplicity of living this life in the finished work of Christ.
We can have rest in our work, and through Christ we have comfort concerning our work and the toil of our hands. Why is this difficult for many believers to grasp? I believe it is because we don’t know just how amazing and intense God’s unconditional love for us is. Also we have been somewhat misguided in our understanding of our forgiveness and innocence, continually carrying a heavy burden of guilt around. The world hasn’t misguided us, religion has. This error has been deeply set on the inside of us, and God’s message of Jesus finished work will free us from this deep rooted hindrance. We can choose to continue in the enemy’s lie, or we can see our business and careers flourish because we rest in the fact that God has caused ALL grace to abound toward you, that you, ALWAYS having ALL sufficiency in ALL things, may have an abundance for every good work. (2 Cor 9:8) NKJV. I made a decision to walk in His grace over 5 years ago, and I have not been disappointed! My previous years in ministry and business left me stressed, guilt ridden, and fearful about my business and my future. Oh I confessed that I was blessed, and yet I was lacking. Lacking in the area of peace and His rest. You know when your confession is empty and fabricated. We can hide a lot of things, but when your not at peace, and there is turmoil going on inside, and your heart is crying out, then come boldly to His throne of grace where you are always welcome, always loved, always accepted, and always innocent; and cast your cares unto Him. He wants to care for you, give you rest, prosper your work, for you are the object of His love! The last five years have been the most restful, peaceful years I have ever had in all my life. I rest in the finished work of Jesus, and He has taken care of everything, just the way He wanted to do all along. Wow, what a life, His life!
The context Jesus speaks of in Matthew 11:28-30, is religion. The burden of religion that was put on the peoples lives, here is what He said (Message Translation); 28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
There are so many things that religion has taught people that God has done to them, yet it is the thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Jesus said “I have come to give you life (Zoe) and life more abundantly. Zoe life is the God kind and quality of life. God’s kind and quality of life is not a life of lack, failure, accidents, and things of this nature. The things I just mentioned are all filled with stealing, killing and destroying, not Zoe life.
Let us rest in this; that this Zoe life has been prepared for those who believe and receive His abundance of grace and free gift of righteousness, for they shall reign in the God kind and quality of life! In this He has prepared the good life for you to walk in, notice I said “good life”, (Ephesians 2:10 Amplified Translation). Rest in His finished work, be content with where you are, and He will cause you to live the good life by His favor, unearned, undeserved, unmerited favor. Reign as Kings in life today!