God wants pastors to be in complete accord with his will and in complete confidence of his grace alone to provide for all of our needs. And we know that time with our Heavenly Father, alone, gives that holy intimacy that imparts wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him and his will.
As pastors come away by themselves and rest a while, this holy intimacy begins to open their hearts and minds to the simplicity of God’s holy grace and the understanding of his pure and simple will. The Holy Spirit pours into their hearts this enlightenment and refreshing that empowers the fulfilling of the ministry that God has planned for them from before the foundation of the world.
What is Rest?
True rest comes from God, from the Spirit of God that results in righteousness, peace, quietness and eternal security of our soul. This permeates the core of our life and flows into our flesh or mortal bodies of our lives, to give true life. The Greek word for life the way God intended it to be, is Zoe. In our natural understanding of life, we think of it in terms of it’s duration, and the Greek word for this is Bios, from which we get our English word Biology, or study of life.
Isaiah tells us in Chapter 32:15-18, that when the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust for ever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings and in quiet resting places. Rest comes from the Spirit of God. As we abide in Christ, we have an eternally secure dwelling and a quiet resting place.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 10:28, “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you... Rest”. The world does not give us rest. The world gives us the opposite of rest... Restlessness... The Spirit from our Father, and our Lord Jesus gives us rest, true rest. Rest for our soul. This rest anchors us who are in Christ, against the storms of restlessness, that blow against us from this world.
And so, as the writer of Hebrews reminds us, that as we strive to enter into God’s rest, we are simply choosing to trust our Father at his Holy Word, for everything. He who did not spare his own son, but gave him up for us all, will he not also give “all things”, with him? Romans 8:32
And, if we truly believe that God will give us all things with Him, and that He is able to provide us with every blessing in abundance (make all grace abound), so that we may always have enough of everything, and may provide in abundance for every good work, then our focus in life changes from restlessness that we learn from this world, to... Rest that comes from God, and his Holy Spirit, which is Christ in you the hope of Glory.
And so, our focus in life is not to merely labor for the food which perishes, which this world is so completely absorbed in, but rather to labor for the food which endures to eternal life. My prayer for you today, is that in everything you do...
every conversation, every physical effort, and every core resolve that you make...
it will be done to see one more soul come to Jesus. This work will not only be rewarded by God, our Father, who give us all things, but will fulfill his true purpose and intent for our lives. Amen...