Do you feel guilty when you are resting?
We wear our busyness like a merit badge. When you ask someone how they are, the number one answer is busy. This seems to be the socially acceptable answer. I’m not pointing fingers here; I am just guilty as the next person; the word busy slips out of my mouth many times. Many are busy, because they find their worth in working. Some are busy because they can’t say no.
Lately, everywhere I turn the message has been about rest. God keeps speaking about rest. Our world seems to despise rest and those that take advantage of it. We seem to think if someone is resting that means they are lazy. The fact is that while work is important, so is rest. If we do nothing but work we will become very bitter and resentful not to mention unproductive. God rested on the 7th day after creating the world. (Gen. 2:2-3) He didn’t need rest, but I believe He wanted to give us the example to follow. He is such an awesome God and He wanted to show us how important it is to rest.
So what does it mean to rest? I used to think rest was cleaning the house when no one was home. I thought that I had to be doing something productive in my rest. How silly that seems now. Rest is not about being productive; it’s about taking a break from production.
Most of us know that God commanded His people to rest? It was serious business back in the Old Testament. God commanded not just the people to rest but their animals, guests and servants to rest as well. Exodus 20:8-10 8 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.”
This message was continued in the New Testament. Matthew 11:28-29 28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
When we rest we can be refreshed and can experience breakthroughs that we never thought possible. I recently heard the story of how post-it notes were created. Almost everyone has used post-it notes. They were created by a company called 3m. This company had a policy of giving their employees blue sky breaks. These were breaks in which the employees would do nothing but look at the blue sky. They were at rest. It was during one of these breaks that the idea for post-it notes was created. Pretty valuable idea, huh?
What can you cut out of your life, so you have time to rest?