Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


August 1, 2013

Rest is an element of the creation story, but it's also a metaphor of resting secure in the faith of Christ.

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God, for those who enter God's rests also rest from their own work, just as God did from his.  Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.
                                                  --Hebrews 4:9-11 TNIV
Evidently the Hebrews letter speaks to a people who have grown fat 'n' sassy with their salvation; complacent, presumptuous.  Interestingly, the author uses the image of "sabbath-rest" to remind the people of the effort that remains for us.  Yes, we rest, but that rest never means letting go of the pursuit of faithfulness.
Rest, in this matter, does not mean doing nothing, but hold firm to the faith of Christ. Daily discipleship involves making every effort "to enter that rest."
Dale Patterson