God designed us to work and rest–both are necessary for living a successful life and neither is complete without God.
Apply these three, Bible-based guides for getting the most from your times of rest:
Review what you have accomplished.
When you finish your work week (or day) take the time to acknowledge the fruits of your labor. Include everything, the great and the small. For example you have added value to a product or service, served God and others, earned a wage, learned something new, solved problems, and manifested Christ along the way. You can add to your own list.
God reviewed His accomplishments at the end of “the sixth day” when He completed His work week in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 1:31 says “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day.”
In the language of the Old Testament, the word “saw” means to gaze upon with approval. God gazed upon His creation, reviewed His work, and declared it all to be “very good.”
Leave all of your work.
Put down all down, every bit of it. Redirect your energies. God placed boundaries on your work for your own good.
God rested and you should to. Genesis 2:2 says “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.”
Note that God “rested from all his work.” Was He tired? No, God doesn’t get tired. Why did God rest? He rested as an example for us to follow. God created work, and then He ordained a cycle of work and rest for us to follow.
Remain God-centric in your rest.
This final guide is guaranteed to bring rest and renewal and it is reserved for believers only.
Any person regardless of their spiritual orientation can review their accomplishments and leave their work in order to pursue rest. These actions can be taken with no knowledge of God or the cited verses in Genesis.
But, we believers include God in our times of rest. The truth is neither work nor rest is complete without God. The best rest requires His presence – God is the key to finding the purest and most satisfying rest.
Exodus 16:23 says, “This is what the Lord commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord.’” Sabbath rest is a celebrating rest with God as its focus. As a New Testament Christian your rest is found in your relationship with Jesus Christ.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” and in John 14:27 He says “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you .” Rest and celebrate by spending time with Jesus Christ and His people.