Resting In the Bosom of Jesus

I believe the deeper our faith in Christ the closer we walk with God. When our faith matures we pass into a symbiosis with the Trinity.  This is where true spiritual rest resides.  It is great to know that, when we lay our head on the bosom of Christ, the weight of our love, is felt by God: “There was at table one of His disciples–the one Jesus loved– reclining with his head on Jesus’ bosom.” (John 13:23 WNT)  The thought here isn’t that John physically placed his head on Jesus bosom.  Rather, it demonstrates the closeness Jesus has with the one’s He loves (Us – His elect).   

Hebrews 4:10 says, “For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.” In contrast to this, we can see outlined in Ecclesiastes 2 the typical earthly human existence – striving for things of this world – that have no meaning to us in the next. I believe King Solomon’s outline provides us with the antithesis to God’s rest. It seems that King Solomon becomes more restless and disappointed by the more he does, and the more he acquires.  Notice how many times the terms (depending on bible translation used) “Me, Mine, Myself” are used.  We do not belong to ourselves; therefore we will not find rest in anything we do for ourselves or others until we surrender our all to Him.

Is God’s rest possible in our lives?  I believe so.  God’s rest can come in this lifetime.  However, it will come only through surrender and obedience to God, the only one, which can provide authentic rest.  As long as we continue to take ownership of our self and engage in our own agenda; authentic rest will elude us.  It is true, while living in this world we will always have work to do, and labors to perform. However, Godly rest comes when we decide our current labor isn’t for the people; we work for or for Me, Myself, and I that matters.  We enter his rest here on earth when we abandon our self and our efforts totally to Him and His cause.  Especially in the work place, because this is where He witnesses to others through us.  As we abandon our self to Christ our countenance changes to obedience, and we pass through exertion and exhaustion into exhilaration. Colossians 3:23-24 says “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”  We find God’s rest here on earth, when we surrender all we do, and all we are, to His will and His Glory.

 

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