Jesus, I am resting, resting in the joy of what thou art.
I am finding out the greatness of they loving heart.
All too often, that’s not true… especially in ministry. I know it’s not true for me, but I have a suspicion I’m not the only one. In fact, this came to mind recently as I emailed back and forth with a fellow #kidmin professional. She told me she was about to take a sabbatical… for 5 weeks! I was elated for her! A Sabbatical. In. Kids. Ministry… that NEVER happens, or at least not to any kids ministry folks I know. What a blessing!
In our Sunday Bible study class at church, we’re discussing a theology of work… and yesterday we looked at what the Bible says about rest. How often do we ever even think about having a “good rest ethic.” We easily talk about a “good work ethic,” which is important, but the two go hand in hand. It’s a command from God. Over and over and over again. In Exodus 31:
Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day shall be put to death. Therefore the people of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, observing the Sabbath throughout their generations, as a covenant forever. It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.’”
And again in Exodus 35:
“These are the things that the LORD has commanded you to do. Six days work shall be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it shall be put to death. You shall kindle no fire in all your dwelling places on the Sabbath day.” Moses said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, “This is the thing that the LORD has commanded.
And in Psalm 127:
Unless the LORD builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
What do you do to stay accountable for getting rest in ministry? I know I fail to see its importance more than I’d like to admit. I love the idea of living with margin in our lives, but there’s something more to obeying the Lord’s command to really stop and rest. Maybe it’s on these rest days that I REALLY need to learn to say “no” to more things.
Jesus, am I resting, resting in the joy of what thou art?
Am I finding out the greatness of they loving heart?