Rest is a Reward

Genesis 2:2 — By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all His work (NIV).

As I briefly mentioned yesterday, overworking is irresponsible. If you work, you need to rest. If you don’t rest, you’ll burn out. If you burn out, you won’t be able to work. God set an example for us to follow from the very beginning. After He created the heavens and the earth, He rested.

My wife Heidi and I have been in full-time ministry for fifteen years now, and we’ve learned that the words ministry and work are interchangeable. One of things we love to do the most is reach out to our surrounding community. We’ve planned, coordinated, worked, and cleaned up outreaches to hundreds of people. A lot of time and effort goes into every event, but they are very rewarding.

There’s no greater feeling than knowing you’ve made a positive impact in someone’s life. Witnessing a person give his life to Christ, makes all the work worthwhile. You feel a great sense of achievement when you accomplish something you set out to do. Why? God rewards those who work.

Rest is one of those rewards. Resting is an opportunity to reflect on the work you’ve just finished and prepare for the work yet to be done. This principle is the same no matter what your job is.

However, if you don’t work, I believe you will never feel rested. Work and rest go hand in hand. Laziness is not rewarded. Have you ever known a lazy person? Perhaps you are lazy. Lazy people are often tired, sluggish, and rarely feel like doing anything.

If you’re not a worker, you need to become one. If you do work, God offers rest to you as a reward. Enter into it today. Take time to reflect on your achievements and prepare for what’s next.

Matthew 11:28 — “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (KJV).

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