And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. (Genesis 2:2 ESV)
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
(Matthew 11:28-30 ESV)
Resting in God is not a passive act. It is being fully engaged with the triune God, who is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In short, it is learning to “abide in Christ” taking on the easy yoke that Jesus promised to give to all that would be willing to lay down their lives, and come to him. Unbelief is the real enemy of God’s rest. (Hebrews 3:19)
We can’t rest with someone we really don’t know and trust. Our trust in a person is gained through an ongoing relationship with them.
As Kyle Stroble and Jamin Goggin said in their book, Beloved Dust, “…our culture equates rest with escape. Escape is about detachment, while true rest – as defined by God – is attachment.”(1)
In Christ, God has chosen to become attached to his body, the Church, also known as the temple, or the place of his dwelling. He dwells with his people, both corporately and individually.
The incarnation of God, in Christ, was God’s plan from eternity past to save his people from their sins, and identify with broken humanity. God is offering rest for those that will cease striving and know that he is God. (Ps.46:10) Jesus has taken the work out of salvation on our behalf, so that we can work for his Kingdom purposes, with a power that is not our own.
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12-13 ESV)
We work out our salvation with “fear and trembling” from a place of rest in the finished work of Christ on the cross. We live our lives in light of the resurrection, empowered to overcome sin, as we live a life of faith, in the grace of God. It is finished! – Bobby
1. Beloved Dust, Jamin Goggin and Kyle Stroble, page 9.