This Sunday, our tag-team speakers highlighted key facets of God’s character that shine through when we make Him paramount: His rest, faithfulness and freedom.
WHEN JESUS IS PARAMOUNT // AMY CLABORN
Rest is the key that unlocks His freedom and faithfulness to flow in our lives. Rest transfers our burdens from our own strength to His. It finds refuge in Him and not in the temporary, makeshift shelters of this world.
Three times the writers of the gospel record that Christ is the Lord of the Sabbath, the Lord of rest. In Mark 2:27, Jesus adds, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” God is Lord of all He created, and on the seventh day, He didn’t just rest for show, as a mock display for humanity to emulate, but to create rest. “The Sabbath was made.” Each day of creation, He shaped a new element of the universe, and the last day, He created the space for us to cease our work and recline into His very presence, His peace, His goodness.
But this is my struggle! Rest is a choice that must originate and affect the heart. No one can make me rest. Being still is not enough. Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still and know that I am God." So often I squander my carefully set-aside time by resting physically without resting in spirit. We need rest in Him in order to be truly awake. We’re surrounded by a culture of hustle that says we can rest once we “make it,” once we’ve achieved some level of status in career, finances or lifestyle. Rest in Christ is a daily gift, purchased at a great price for you and I. Each morning, He invites us to enjoy His mercies anew. Resting in Christ, keeping company with Him, is unlike taking shelter anywhere else. Not only is He the only refuge that will never fall, but in Him, we awake to the fullness we were always called to live in.