The ultimate example of sonship at rest is best expressed in how our Elder Brother, Jesus Christ lived His life here on earth. Though continually being pursued by the sick, tormented and hungry masses, He remained at complete rest within His soul. Though he was hunted and criticized by an angry religious establishment, in His heart, there remained a stillness and an absence of human striving.
As a beloved Son to His Father, Jesus really had nothing to prove. It was the love of His Father that really defined who He was (John 17:24) and NOT the things that He accomplished. Whether He was raising the dead or playing with little kids, His worth to His Father remained the same.
I believe that it was this revelation of love that enabled Jesus to be at rest in every circumstance… whether it was deemed by the masses to be significant or insignificant. The security of knowing His value to God was never in question even though His perceived value to His fickle followers changed like the wind.
Because of Jesus’ vertical focus on His Father’s affirmation, He never caved in to the horizontal expectations of others. The Apostle Paul writes about this to the Galatians when he said he could not please both God and man at the same time. (Galatians 1:10)
I believe that if we focus on the eternal love and affirmation that our Father has for us, we will know that we have nothing to do to prove our worth to Him. I believe that it is this revelation of His love that will finally cause us to cease from all of our own human striving so that we can truly rest in His love.
However, if we decide to focus on the multi-faceted expectations of those around us (including ourselves), we will continue on the merry-go-round of trying to prove our worth. And on that never ending ride, we will still have to jump through every hoop that fickle people provide in order to validate our existence.
The amazing thing about Jesus is that though He lived at complete rest in His Father’s love, He was the most productive person who ever lived on planet earth! Being at rest does not equal inactivity. I believe being at rest in the love of the One who is love itself, will create a stillness in our heart and a peace to our otherwise busy mind that will cause us to do even greater things than Jesus did! (John 14:12)
My prayer today is that the revelation of our Father's eternal unchanging love would set all our hearts at rest. I pray that we would be so convinced of our His love for us, that we would be able to cease from our own works and enter into the rest that He Himself lives in (Hebrews 4:9-11). May the revelation of our immeasureable value to Him overshadow the conditional value that others place on us.
May we be set free from trying to derive our true value from what we do and simply yield to the highest value that God has placed upon us simply because we are His kids. (Romans 8:31-32) May we switch from living a horizontal life of people pleasing to a vertical life of presenting our bodies as living sacrifices to God, always in view of His tender mercies (Romans 12:1).
As we learn to rest in our Papa's goodness more and more, may we be freed from the roller coaster ride of questioning His heart towards us so that we can all be truly convinced that nothing in all creation will ever separate us from His love (Romans 8:35-39). And as we learn to rest, may we all have the courage to simply lived a life of love (1 John 4:16), be the one-of-a-kind masterpiece He intended for us to be (Ephesians 2:10) and take on the easy yoke that our Elder Brother promised us.
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Help Us To Rest MP3
9 There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered into his rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from his. 11 Let us therefore give diligence to enter into that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of disobedience. (WEB)
Welcome to this perpetual 52 week devotional series simply A Son's Life. The premise of this series is based on Galatians 4:6-7 which says... 6 And because you are children, God sent out the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” 7 So you are no longer a bondservant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. (WEB) Please note that the term 'son' is a generic description of both sons and daughters to our Heavenly Dad. I hope you are blessed by our journey together.
In Father's love,