In today’s world where the days pass so fast and there is so much to do, we all like to make our own decisions about how our time will be spent. Even then we have to admit that we don’t always make the best decisions because we don’t seem to end up where we want to. We are a stubborn people! Jesus told us humans eons ago what to do when He said – Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28). I think you would agree that rest is something we have little time for in these days, but is much needed if we are to properly accomplish the chores we really must do.
What do we really mean by rest? It is probably not sitting in a chair listening, or thinking we are, to what is currently on the TV. We most likely will find our thoughts shifting from one topic to another because our minds are overloaded. We finally give up or we might choose to make a list so we can think about it later. A lot of us might think about yesterday when people worked hard to do what needed to be done, but spared little time for simply thinking. That must be our basic problem, we think too much and do too little. Did you know that thinking takes energy?
If you recall the story of David and Goliath, you might want to recognize that the results David had didn’t come from thinking about what the Lord said, but in simply doing what the Lord desired to be done. Of course, to do that we must recognize that David’s relationship with the Lord was not watered down as ours has become in this day. I know you are reacting to that statement, but you would have to admit that time has become our enemy and we often put off until tomorrow and even then we may automatically scratch something that is no longer relevant. Do we really want a better relationship with our Creator and can we turn things around?
After the death and resurrection of Jesus the disciples returned to Jerusalem and entered into the upper room where they were staying and the Word tells us that these all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication (Acts 1:14). Technically, isn’t that how and what we should be doing when we attend church on Sunday. When did things change so much that we spend more time talking to each other about what we did last week or what we still have ahead of us. Have we forgotten that we came together in the first place to focus on the Savior who gave His life for all of us? As we come together on His day do we remember that He told us to Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15)? God doesn’t desire for a few special children; He desires for all His children to come to Him; receive His blessing and go forth to share this same blessing.
It may be true that many of those we know and run around with already know these things, but how many of these same people have the peace and joy that is derived from hearing our Lord remind us to come before His presence with singing (Psalm 100:2)? We have the habit of asking for blessing as we go to the front for prayer, but how often does the Father who loves us hear us tell Him how happy we are to simply be in His presence? Are we reminded that this is what He desires from all His kids; that we will and do come to Him as children to a Father that they love and trust?
Jesus didn’t die just to save us, He died to draw us unto Himself. He tells us that in My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there you may be also (John 14:2-3).
Which calls us very sinners,
Unworthy though we be,
Of love so free and boundless,
To come, dear Lord, to Thee.