Two Types of Rest

“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.”

– Hebrews 4:9-11

Our lives are filled with two types of rest! You have the rest you have before a task to avoid it, and you have the rest you have after the task to celebrate and recharge. How many of us know that the rest you have after is the real experience we all crave? That’s what we want and what’s best for us. 

A bad type of rest is when you don’t want to take care of your tasks, so you stay on Instagram or TikTok or watch TV instead. Rather than answer emails, work on the canvas, or make a sales call, you’ll just take an encouragement nap. However, that encouragement nap is actually a discouragement nap. You wake up and think I’ll do it tomorrow. That’s avoidance, resistance, and giving in to everything that prevents you from becoming all you were meant to be. 

Friend, rest is about finishing what you set out to do by giving your best effort every time you can, giving all you’ve got, and then relaxing afterward. Rest is always rewarded after hard work. Delay gratification by working hard, and your life will improve as a result. Make a rule for yourself to finish first and finish well, then rest, and then receive gratification. Come home content knowing that not only have you done a great job today, but you have done it well all day long. Watch how your life, slowly but surely, will be transformed by the grace of God as you complete the week, the year, the tasks, and the calling that God has placed on your life.

Prayer


Father, assist me in completing my tasks and relaxing afterwards.

Reflection


Is it your habit to rest to avoid tasks? What can you do to change this?

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