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Finding Sabbath Rest

06.24.18 Nathaniel Wall

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Finding Sabbath Rest

06.24.18 Nathaniel Wall Greater Series

I’m gonna invite you to Hebrews chapter four and I wanna set sort of the tone of where we’re gonna go today in this section of Scripture because theologians say that Hebrews chapter four, according to some theologians I should say, one of the most complex passages in the New Testament or in the Bible and I want us to see today, when we walk through this, I’m actually gonna go through this fairly fast first ten verses and I think by the time you get to the end of these first ten verses you’re gonna stop and wonder where the complexity is. And I think the reason that people find this complex is because they really start off on the wrong foot in understanding why this was written. But to give you a little idea of why we’re in this series together, the topic of the series being called Greater. If I’m just being real truthful with you, hopefully I say is truthful today, by the way, but if I’m being honest with this book and why it’s written and why we chose it at this point in our church, in the summertime, tends to be a period of time where we do a lot of traveling.

If I wanna dive into a series where we can pay attention to everything that’s involved, I know in the summertime’s not typically the best time to do that because not everyone will maybe catch up on all the messages, which, by the way, if you like this series you can go online or download our podcast and listen to the sermon series on this topic. But the Book of Hebrews is one that drives towards one central theme and the beauty of it and we’re talking about in this series the idea of Jesus and him being supreme in all things, which is why we titled it Greater. And we’ve seen it in the first three chapters is it’s related his ideas of Jesus to the pictures of the Old Testament and one of the beautiful things of Scripture is the complex simplicity that’s described in the Bible. And what I mean, I know that’s kind of like saying jumbo shrimp, that really doesn’t compute in our language, complex simplicity does not work but let me explain what I mean.

Everything in Scripture drives to a universal theme, our redemption in Christ being made for relationship with God, God pursuing after you and the form in becoming a man dying for you on the cross so that you can know him and enjoy him for all of eternity. You were created as a worshipful being, God made you in his image for relationship and the Bible communicates how we find that and its centrality in Jesus. Jesus is what we live for. He is the pinnacle of all things and so in Hebrews the people that are being written to here by, I say, the Apostle Paul. It’s funny, every time I say that someone always texts me or emails me in the week, “Paul wrote Hebrews, if you don’t agree with me, you’re wrong.” Okay, someone will send another message, “You’re wrong, Pastor.” It’s what I get this week but in Hebrews 10:23 this is what he says to us. This is where I want us to get to this chapter and just, really, this verse to resonate with us.

It says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” The band even wrote a song special for this, that all your promises are yes and amen, right? So he who promised is faithful. And what that’s saying to us is this, the world can throw a lot of garbage at you and truthfully as people we try to put our hope in a lot of different things to find our worth, value and meaning. But there’s one place that is always secure in your life, the place you were really defined by, created to belong to and that’s in God. And all of his promises are true and the complex simplicity of Scripture is this, when you look at the Old Testament in light of the New Testament you see how Jesus defines and explains it all. And we’ve started to see some of those things throughout the Book of Hebrews and we’re gonna continue to see it. So the point when you get to Hebrews 10:23, you should rest and see the beauty of how god has culminated all of this.

Talking from temple to law to Sabbath, we’re gonna talk about today why in the world you even come to church on Sunday. The Sabbath was originally on a Saturday but why do we so Sunday now and what does that even mean? Why don’t we do it like Tuesday at 7 o’clock, AM or PM, who cares? Why is it today? We’ll talk a little bit about that today but you look at prophet, priest, king, angels, Moses, temple, law, Sabbath, sacrifice, whatever. All of it finding its culmination in Jesus and it helps us to see this picture and the complex simplicity is this, for us to recognize that and that things in life can really rob you of your joy in Christ. Can rip down the beauty of why you were created and finding your worth, value and meaning in him and we can get side tracked in that. In fact, chapter three talked about us drifting. The danger in the Book of Hebrews is that the church is about to go through tremendous persecution.

And the writers encouraging them to find their foundation in the identity of who Christ is and don’t move from this because his promises are secure and that’s where you’re designed to be rooted in and be defined by and find your worth, value and meaning in life. And so when we see this picture today, even to be honest, even in Christian circles, Christians can rob you of that joy. Or be used as an instrument. But God, God wants you to rest in the simplicity for which he created you in Christ. To enjoy him and this morning should not be a day about burdens and responsibilities. It should be about freedom and celebration, our hearts seeing the worth of Christ and the God that came to know us and rejoicing in that proclamation, rooting our identity in that. And so in chapter three and chapter four, just by way of reminder for you, chapter three and chapter four really run into one another. And chapter three, the author was explaining through an example of individuals who had the truth delivered to them and moved away from that. They drifted.

And in fact, he quoted Psalm 95 in chapter three in verses 7 and 11, he quotes Psalm 95 and coincidentally he quotes in Psalm 95 verses 7 and 11, the same verses that are in chapter three versus 7 and 11 or in Psalm 95 verses 7 to 11 as an illustration of individuals who move from God, they see the glory of God, the goodness of God. In fact, he’s using by illustration the children in the wilderness as they’re wandering for 40 years faithfullessly. After seeing some of the greatest miracles that God would ever perform in all of Scripture, having been slaves in Egypt, now finding an identity in God, refusing to put their faith in God and now wandering in the wilderness for 40 years. And using that as an example, in the midst of the goodness of being able to see who God is, they still reject the opportunity to put their faith in this God who has loved them so dearly and rescued them from slavery to give them a new identity in him.

And then he uses that for us. Where’s our faith? And in chapter four, he continues on that theme and this is what he says. Verse 4 to 10, I’m gonna kind of move fairly quickly in this but I want us to have an understanding of this passage and I wanna explain what the author is talking about, the imagery behind all of this. He says, “Therefore let us fear while a promise remains of entering his rest. Any one of you may seem to have come short of it.” So he’s saying then in response in seeing how other people have rejected though they had the glory of God plainly declared to them and these wonderful miracles worked in their life, they still didn’t embrace God and walked by faith in him, they choose to put their faith in other things. And he’s saying so therefore let us fear if we have a promise to enter into his rest. So the promise to the children of Israel was to enter into this rest in God and now it’s calling us now. We have an opportunity to make the decision to enter into this rest.

And so this word rest is a theme to this section of Scripture and he says it this way, “Let us fear if we still have this opportunity to enter into this rest.” We don’t wanna come short of it. God’s desire for you is to experience this rest. Now what he’s talking about the word fear, I think it’s important to know that what this word doesn’t mean is just to be afraid, right? This idea of fear carries this thought of a reverence that provokes you to respond. When we see the culmination of what Jesus has done for our lives and the alternative to Christ, the beauty of Jesus being demonstrated may know this reverence for this King of Kings who has become flesh to die for us should provoke our souls seeing such great love to respond. And so then he goes in verse 2 and he continues with this, he says, “For indeed, we have had good news preached to us just as they also but the word that they heard did not profit them because it was not united by faith in those who heard.”

So the response was faithless and in verse 3, “For we who have believed enter into that rest just as he has sworn as I swore in my wrath, they shall not enter my rest although his works were finished from the foundation of the world.” Let me just say, in this section, he’s quoting Psalm 95 verse 11 again. He’s making this theme, that same Psalm, he’s going back and he’s harping on it. He’s saying, remember, they were faithless, they didn’t enter into this rest but God is still calling you to be in this rest by faith. And then it gives this interesting thought, which helps us, it’s gonna help us in a minute to find exactly what this rest is, but he says, “All those whose works were finished from the foundation of the world,” he starts to talk about creation as way to understand what this rest exactly means. And then he goes on in verse 4 and he says this, “For he has said something concerning the seventh day,” about creation.

And then he quotes two passages of Scripture. He says, “And God rested on the seventh day from all this works.” So both these passages are mentioned, one in Exodus 20 when God’s giving the law related to the Sabbath and in Genesis chapter 2 verses 2 and 3 and then he says, and again in this passage, “They shall not enter my rest.” So it’s juxtaposing these two positions again, those in rest, those not in rest. Psalm 95 verse 11 quoted in verse 5 once more but he’s saying the answer to understanding this rest finds its origin all the way back to the beginning of creation. And it was so significant that when God brought his people out of Egypt as slaves, when he gave them the law, this moment in creation was defined for the reason on which they would have a Sabbath, which is on Saturday. And what does that mean? I’ll tell ya in a minute.

But in verse 6 he goes on, “Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formally had good news preached to them, failed to enter because of disobedience,” which is honestly it’s faithlessness. Verse 7 he again fixes a certain day called today saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before today, “If you hear his voice do not harden your heart.” And here God starts to say something interesting, couple of things here. God promised Israel, I’ll bring you out, you’re gonna have a Sabbath, you wanna enter into my rest and you’re gonna go into this promised land and here now he’s saying in David, who is ruling in the promised land, hundreds of years after it was promised through Moses who brought them out of Egypt. Hundreds of years later, they still haven’t entered this rest so what exactly is this rest? It wasn’t just getting into this land, there’s something bigger about this rest that’s described for us.

And then he goes on to say this because in the Hebrew mind, in this passage, the word rest is equated with Sabbath. It’s in Exodus chapter 20 verse 11 that he just said, “When God gave the law, he told them to observe the Sabbath.” So in their mind, that’s Saturday, right? And but he’s saying in this passage, look, the rest is even bigger than Sabbath because he starts to define it as today. So whatever this rest is, right now in these moments, we can experience what God is talking about in this passage. And so it’s starting to hit for us the idea of Sabbath has a bigger idea than just a day of the week. Very interesting in terms of context to the way Jews started to respond to what the Sabbath was and the way that maybe we even respond to what Sabbath is. We start to serve Sabbath as if it’s an end in itself. Like you look at a system of laws, you obey these laws and hopefully it gives you better standing before God. And that’s not the intentions of Sabbath at all.

And so he starts to define it. We’ll get into that a little bit more in just a moment. But in verse [inaudible 00:12:59] he says this, “So there remains …” Or I should start in verse 8, “For Joshua had given …

“So there remains,” or I should start in verse eight. “For if Joshua had given them rest, he would not have spoken of another day after that,” so he’s saying, “Look, if Moses and then being led by Joshua in the promised land, if that was the rest God was talking about, then we wouldn’t talk about rest anymore.” But that’s not what God was talking about in the idea of rest.

So in verse nine, “So there remains a sabbath rest for the people of God.” This verse is very important, nothing to understand. I feel like verse four and verse nine in this passage really unlocks the big idea of what’s being communicated here.

All along, he’s referred to this word rest, and this word rest hasn’t really meant sabbath until right now, where now he is directly equating this idea of rest with sabbath. So he’s saying, “So there remains a sabbath rest for the people of God,” and in verse ten, “For the one who has entered his rest has himself also rested from his works as God did from his.”

So God created, and he rested. That’s what it’s saying at this end. And God’s desire for you, in verse ten, is to rest. The world can wear you out. Honestly, we’re really good at wearing ourselves out. We look for worth, value and meaning in so many things in life: relationship, the things we do, the gifts that we have, the resources in our lives, as if that shows us value, only to find that we’re only temporarily satisfied with those things.

We can never have enough to curve that desire for more in our lives. No matter how much you seek the approval of people, it’s never enough, is it, if that’s where you find your idol. But here, he’s saying in verse ten, “But there is a place beyond all of that, where the work ends and the resting begins.” So what is this saying? And for fun, why worship on a specific day? How does all this work? Do you need to worship on a specific day? How do you rest?

Well, you remember verse four, he’s quoting in Hebrews, he’s quoting back to the idea of creation, he’s quoting from Old Testament law, Exodus 20. It actually starts in verse 8 to 11 in Exodus 20, but this is what he says. He says, “For in six days, the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and he rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.”

So when God’s explaining the law to the Jewish people as they come out of Egypt, he starts to root his law and identity in the past, and so he talks about resting and the need for rest, having to deal with creation. For us, what does this picture look like from beginning of creation? If that’s where we define the intentions of sabbath, I’ll explain how Saturday turned into Sunday in just a minute, but here’s what it says in Genesis chapter one. Let me start here.

When God created, in Genesis chapter one, you see this repeated in verse five, verse eight, verse 13, verse 19, verse 23, verse 31, the first six days of creation, the same thought is repeated. It says, “And there was evening and there was morning the first day, and there was evening, there was morning the second day, and there was evening, there was morning the third day,” and he goes on all through six days. You get the point.

But then you get to the seventh day, in Genesis chapter two, verse two. “By the seventh day, God completed his work, which he had done. And he rested on the seventh day from all his work, which he had done. Then God blessed the seventh day, sanctified it,” which is Saturday, “because in it, he rested from all his work, which God had created and made.”

Now, when we think about the sabbath, no doubt the seventh day of the week is Saturday, starting on Sunday. So you see in the Old Testament law, the Jews electing this day, or being told by God on this day, to worship and to observe and to hold the sabbath, but what it’s also communicating here is something significant about the identity of God because when God rested on the seventh day, it wasn’t because God was tired.

God is endless in his power and might. He is the I Am. He is the definer of all things and he sustains all things in his hands. The reason it communicates to us that God rested is because it’s showing a distinguishment in the role that now God is fulfilling in the creation of history. In Genesis chapter two, verse two, on the seventh day when he rests, it’s saying to us, “God has finished his creative role and now God is entering into his ruling and reigning role. And when God rules and reign in a place of peace and perfect harmony, there is forever rest.”

So the idea when God got finished with creation, it wasn’t that there was just a rest on a single day, but that all of creation being created for his glory and mankind in his image would enjoy the duration of that rest all of their days. So now that God has finished his creative work, God now rules on his throne and in the peace of this king, all of creation enjoys the rest under his authority in life.

The idea of sabbath isn’t just about a day of the week. The idea of sabbath is pointing to a king who desires for all of creation to rest under his presence, for which it was intended to. What happens? Shalom is destroyed, or peace is gone. Sin enters the world. Rest is lost, and now the soul aches, but yet, in the midst of this story, in Genesis chapter three, God shows up in the sin of Adam and Eve, and he promises redemption. The peace for which you were created and the rest in your creator, being restored.

So Exodus chapter 20, verses 8 to 11, God points Israel to sabbath using a day of rest as a way to look to the past of what God created us in him to also use that as a place to look to the future in which he would bring in culmination, in Christ, in all things. So the declaration of a sabbath is not only remembering the past but the looking forward to a future, hope of a time when we will rest under our king once again.

So sabbath isn’t about a day. Sabbath, Jesus even had to tell the people in his time, “Man was not created for the sabbath, but sabbath was created for man.” Its intentions weren’t to be an end in itself, but a means to a point to a greater glory and a God who calls us to worship in peace in him. Look guys, we have the tendency in our lives to do this with anything religiously, and we have a tendency, like Sunday morning, we make it this religious duty. It’s not a burdensome duty, but it’s an opportunity to make a proclamation on a day recognizing what the king has done in the past and how the king will restore it in the future.

Even when you walk in on Sunday morning, anywhere where you serve within the context of this church, it doesn’t have to be on Sunday, anywhere, any capacity you ever serve in Christ, we can make ministry just simply about duty: doing it because I’m obligated. Ministry is never about duty. Ministry doesn’t exist as an end in itself. Ministry only exists to reach the hearts of people in this world so they can see the glory of this king. Sabbath doesn’t exist as an end in itself. Sabbath exists as a place for us to gather and worship in the proclamation and the glory of this king.

It is beautiful, and yet religiously, we make it an end in itself. Being here this very morning, I’ll tell you why about Sunday here in a moment rather than Saturday, but being here this very morning is a declaration of the victory of what Christ has done for you. So Exodus and sharing this law, is Israel really using this one day, this seventh day, and recognizing the seventh day ends and the next day, the beginning of the week, starts again, but one day, one day Jesus will end all of that and that seventh day will continue forever.

In Israel’s history, if I’m just being fair, there’s several passages I could point to in how they communicated the sabbath and the beauty in which it brings, but one other powerful place I just want you to see is Deuteronomy chapter five, verse 12. It says this, “Observe the sabbath day to keep it holy as the Lord your God commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord, your God. In it, you shall not do any work. You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt and the Lord, your God, brought you out of there by a mighty hand and by an out-stretched arm. Therefore, the Lord, your God, commanded you to observe the sabbath day.”

What he’s saying is, not only is it identity of creation, but it’s also a demonstration of your life that in sin we were slaves. Just like Israel was a physical slave in Egypt, the celebration of the sabbath for us is to remind us that we were slaves to sin but now been set free in Christ. For us, it is literally a declaration of the gospel. Jesus, in Matthew two, verse 27, says, “Sabbath was made for man and not man for the sabbath.”

Just so you can see how this picture is painted together in scripture, when I talk about all the religious things that are done in the Old Testament as not an end in themselves, it says this in Colossians two, verse 16, I think in regards to just religion in general, it says, “Therefore, no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a sabbath. Things …” Look at this, he describes why.

“These things, which are mere shadows of what is to come,” but look, “the substance belongs to …” who? Christ. All the pictures of the Old Testament, there’s shadows of what ultimately culminate in Jesus, including the sabbath because a day cannot bring you the ultimate rest because what you need is redemption. You need forgiveness. You need God to restore you, and Jesus has done that.

So when we talk about rest, all of it, all of it finds itself in Christ. This is why David said, and we read in Hebrews, that today, today you can experience that sabbath because today you can experience that relationship in Jesus. It’s not sabbath Sunday or Saturday. It’s sabbath every day because of what Christ has done. This is why Jesus, in understanding exactly what he was to fulfill in scripture, when he shows these pictures, how he culminates all these things, in Matthew 11 look what he says in verse 28. “Come to me. Come to me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you …” what? Rest.

Jesus is the sabbath. Some of you may even grew up your whole life and thought there’s something special about Sunday, and I would say yes but only as that picture ties to Jesus because the true sabbath is Jesus, and that doesn’t stop on Sunday. That’s today. When we’re in tomorrow, it’ll be that day. Every day. Jesus, look what Jesus says, because keep in mind, he’s talking to religious people. They started to miss the picture of what sabbath was. They started to treat sabbath as if it was an end in itself, and look what Jesus says.

… as they started to treat Sabbath as if it was a [inaudible 00:26:02] itself. And look what Jesus says. In that religious system, you get worn out. And he says, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me. For I am gentle and humble at heart. And you will find rest for your soul.”

It’s that simple. Jesus, it culminates itself in Christ. And so, the application then, for understanding Hebrews Chapter Four, then ties in the end. He starts to tell us, “Therefore, let us be diligent to enter that rest so that no one will fall.” Through following the same example of disobedience you saw in Psalm Chapter 95, for the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of the soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from the sight. But all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

What it’s saying is, your soul needs Christ. Your soul needs rest. That you can’t fool God in religious living. That you need forgiving, you need redemption. You need restored. You need Jesus. And that the word of God, it lays us bared, exposes our heart. It shows us our need. It can divide, literally, the physical from the spiritual. It’s powerful. It sees exactly where your heart is right now. And where our heart needs to be, which is in rest, and describes it this way, being diligent, being diligent.

And so, the Sabbath is not a day of the week, though it has been honored in days. It’s a person. It’s Christ, that I can experience 24 hours a day, 164 hours a week, 365 days a year. So, why do we corporate Sabbath, right? Because everything I just said is, basically, “Don’t come to church on Sunday now, because you can do it every day, right?” So why corporate Sabbath? Why gather together, and why proclaim God and why rest in him? And why one day a week, do we do this? And why is it now not Saturday, but Sunday? What happened in history that made this transition for our lives?

And I would tell you, I think it is important. It is crucial that God’s people find a time to rally around what the Lord has done for us, and declare that anthem in celebration together. And if we’re gonna decide on a date to do that, historically, I think it makes most sense to do it on a Sunday for God’s people. Because when we show up, everything we do should be a declaration rooted in the gospel. The story of redemption. And the reason is, is when you study contextually in scripture church history, it tells us in John Chapter 20, Verse One, that the women went to the tomb early the first day of the week in the morning before the sun had risen. And so, if we’re gonna get technical, we should meet before the sun has risen.

But the first day of the week, they gather at the tomb to find out Jesus has been resurrected. And then, when you look at the churches, it’s laid out in scripture in Acts 20, Verse Seven, it tells us, while on the first day of the week when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul taught them.

First Corinthians 16, Verse Two, Paul, in gathering together with the church, takes up a collection to support the work of the ministry moving forward and the saints in Jerusalem. So it seems, in church history, as the women went to the tomb in John Chapter 20, Verse One, and seeing the resurrected Christ in the first day of the week, that when they gathered together as a community, they continued to gather together on the first day of the week. Perhaps, this is just a little speculative; Perhaps, it’s because the synagogues were busy on Saturday, and so the only time they could find use to celebrate the resurrection of Christ was on Sunday, but at the same time you can see in the resurrection of Christ, they continuing to gather on that day.

And I think furthermore, just like the work of creation was finished on the seventh day of the week, the work of the new creation in Christ was finished on the first day of the week because of his resurrection. Old things have passed away, [inaudible 00:30:39] all things become new. Second Corinthians, 5:17. That’s your identity in Jesus. I think within the understanding of scripture, when we walk through that door on Sundays, God’s family, it is a declaration on the first day of the week, how God has made all things new.

When we Sabbath now on a new day, it’s the proclamation of the finished work of God in the old covenant, and the new work of God in the new covenant that’s shaping me new in him, so that at this very moment, I rest. I don’t come to God with my work, as if it’s appeasing to him. I don’t come to God hoping that he accepts me. I come to God because he does accept me already. Because when Jesus hung on the cross, he said, “It is finished, paid in full.”

In discussion towards our lives in him. And so, this is what he says in Verse 14 and 16. By the way, this ties to the end of, or to the next chapter. But look what he says here: “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the son of God, let us hold fast our confession, for we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weakness, but one who has been tempted in all things we are, yet without sin. Therefore, let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in the time of need.”

That just says it, doesn’t it? Rest, rest isn’t a religion. Religion is exhausting. It isn’t in possession. Possessions will begin to own us, as we think that we can own them, right? It isn’t in people’s approval, because we can’t please everyone. Rest isn’t a day. Rest is Jesus. It’s not until I find my worth in him that I’m truly free. Because in every other case, I’ll seek to find my worth and value in anything else, only to find my could bankrupt. But in Jesus, that acceptance is there.

And here’s the reality; When you find yourself free in Christ, you’re free to move in this world and to serve other people. Because you no longer need them for your approval, because you found your approval in Jesus. And so, when you gather on Sabbath, it’s this declaration of understanding, our soul needs rest. We were created to rest in God. We were created to find hope in God. We were created to find our worth, value, meaning, purpose in God. And every time I rest, even on Sunday … Look, I don’t want to tell you Sunday’s not this holy, sacred day. I think in Romans Chapter 14, Verse Four and Five, it tells us, “Let each one be convinced in your own mind.”

And so, if this day is special to you, and I think it should be as a church body, because we get to gather. But if there’s something special, that you’ve grown up in church and you’ve made some decisions on this particular day, and this is just an important day to you, then let it be an important day to you.

If this day draws you near to God, then use this day, leverage whatever you can to get you to draw near to God and enter into his rest, but see that these aren’t ins in themselves, but the means to the end, which is in him. And let me say this; In the midst of this rest, because I don’t want to make rest just abut me and just about you, but to understand that this rest also becomes a place where we can invite others into it. And let me just be frank about this for a minute, because when we read passages in the New Testament, you see lots of places in scripture that calls you to go into this world to be a light for Christ. And sometimes as Christians, we can read those things and we can wear them like guilt, and then walk in this world and share Jesus with someone as if we did the job that we’re supposed to do. We give them a shot of the gospel pill and just walk away. And it just feels more like forced and guilt, and unnatural.

And I think it works like this; I think God desires, rather for it to work more like this. When you see who Jesus is, and when you delight in that Jesus, you naturally will share the things that you delight in, in the world around you. The things that are most important to you, you talk about with joy in your life. And we go into this world to share Jesus, it feels like a guilt and obligation, just consider this. I’m not trying to judge us on this, but I want you to consider it. Maybe it’s because our own soul hasn’t found the opportunity to delight and rest in the God for which we were created to delight and rest in. Because we naturally share the things that we delight over. And when we delight and when we see that rest for what it is, the desire of our lives should be to share that with those around us, because it’s a gift.

You look in the world around you, and you see people warring to find peace for their souls. And you find them dipping into wells that temporarily may satisfy, but ultimately will run dry because they were created to find the rest in Christ. What a joy that is, for you to be able to share. But that won’t naturally happen until you see rest, not just a religious obligation on the day of the week, but an opportunity every day because of what a King has done from the beginning of creation, as on the seventh day, he stopped and he rested to declare to you that’s where your could belongs.