Our pastor, Jeff was speaking about “Our great salvation” yesterday and shared from 1 Cor.2:5 ~”so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
As soon as I read the verse and saw the word “rest”; I believe the Lord laid this on my heart ~ “Have a foundation of faith resting on Jesus’ work and resting from my works.” Which is completely consistent with the things that Lord has been teaching me; setting me free in the truth, from striving and trying to earn the things of God.
I am reminded of Heb.4:10 ~”for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.”
This entire chapter is incredibly deep. There’s so much in it that I don’t understand, like most of the book of Hebrews. The end of chapter 5 and beginning of 6 make it clear that this book is written for mature believers and beyond the understanding of “children” in Christ. I am convinced that someday I will understand it but, for now I am grateful for the occasional nugget from the Lord.
I believe that we rest from our works in multiple ways.
Primarily, we rest from religious works (remember he was writing to Jews and works spoke of outwardly fulfilling Scriptural rules) which do not have any benefit at all in our righteous standing before God. We stand before God now and on the day of judgement with confidence because we know that Jesus has become to us righteousness and sanctification! (1 Cor.1:30)
No outward works, dress, rituals, etc… are of any value in making us worth abiding in the presence of God. We rest in Jesus’ righteousness alone and know that our spirit has been completely forgiven, sanctified forever. (1 Cor.6:11 & Heb.10:14) That is how our spirit communes with God, who is spirit. That is how we can now worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24)
God doesn’t care what we wear to church; if our heart isn’t fully convinced in faith that we rest in the completed work of Jesus and Him alone. That is how we approach the Father at any place and any time!
I believe that there is another aspect to this verse and that is resting from our labor to do only his labor. This doesn’t necessarily mean that we stop working at our job (unless God specifically calls you too) but, that we “work as unto the Lord.” (Eph.6:7) The previous verse makes it clear that God’s will is for us to do this with all of our heart.
Jesus is worthy of all power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and blessings in the highest Heaven and on earth! (Rev.5:12) Surely; he is worth our little lives in every breath, thought, action and word! He is more than worthy because all things in Heaven and earth were created by him, through him and for him! He is before all things and in him all things hold together! (Col.1:15-17)
However, if we strive to give him all of ourselves in an attempt to work and earn even the smallest thing from God; we are attempting to establish our own righteousness…I can say this from very recent experience.
We rest completely and only in the finished work of our Lord Jesus and it is that foundation of faith that we stand on to be pleasing in God’s sight.
Rest from your works and rest on Jesus’ work. Freedom is free!