What I have found in my own life is that there are neccesary steps to keep yourself from busy-ness. I do not have this "under control" by any means, but I have been on the unhealthy side of busy-ness and know the consequences as well as I have worked really hard to get to a place of continual balance. (And it *is* continual balance--for I always have to work at it and it will never just *be*)
Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Church in New York City says:
"One of the key themes in the Bible is Sabbath. Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:27-28)--the Lord of Rest!! Jesus urges us to come to Him because "I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28-30) and no one else will."
How do you get to "Sabbath"--"rest"?
1. Trust Him. Don't "do"--just "trust". Of course we must be obedient to Him, but sometimes being obedient to Him means we say--"Ok, Lord, I am not "doing", I am "doing by trusting".
Instead of doing everything you think you need to be doing (busy, busy, busy), let go of some of this and trust.
2. Be still. Keller says, "External rest of the body is impossible without inner rest from anxiety and strain." I would venture to say that the opposite of this is also true: What are ways you can slow down to hear Him better? To have the opportunity to give your anxieties to Him. With a slowing of the body, becomes a slowing of the heart.
3. Meditate on Christ's finished work: (Hebrews 4:1-10) Tim says, "It takes deep work in Christ's finished work for your salvation to avoid over-work."
4. Let go. Must you get it all done? Must you think you should? Remember the loaves of bread were multiplied with Christ's power. Let His power work in you to get things done. Let go of that mental work inside your head, "I have to do this, to make this happen.." The Lord does what He wants, when He wants regardless of us. Amen?
The Consequences of No Rest:
1. In Deut. 5:12-15, God ties the Sabbath to freedom from slavery. Anyone who cannot rest from work is a slave--to your own need for success, to your children's need for success, to your family's need for success, to the materialistic culture, employers, or all of the above.
3. Burn out
5. problems with relationships
The Sabbath means to regularly cease from, and to enjoy the results from, your work.
In what ways can you do that this week to enjoy inner rest in Him?
How can you take a Sabbath?
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