Monday, March 21, 2011

Running in Rest

It sounds like an oxymoron. How can you run and yet be in rest? Yet that is what we are called to do as believers. Tonight during worship we were reminded that we only have a few weeks of school left. We were challenged to pick up the pace and not allow ourselves to get into routine. Instead, we need to press into all that God is doing within us and press for more in each area of ministry. We all agreed that is what we want. I feel that we stepped it up at L5P yesterday and I want to see even more in the next few weeks. I want to see every area of my life accelerating to an even greater level.

But the problem with that if we are not careful is that we start putting pressure on ourselves to “make things happen”. It’s awful easy to get so busy we forget what we are really about. It’s especially in this town. Atlanta has such a spirit of business over every part of it that it is easy to get caught up in the business when we should be resting. We have to remember that God won’t inhabit what He doesn’t build. It’s not ours to build, we have to co-labor with Him. How do we do that? It’s all about intimacy and love.

We have to remember that the chief end of man is to worship God and enjoy Him forever. Our chief purpose is to love God. You hang out with those you love. We need to spend time hanging out with Jesus, Papa and Holy Spirit. We need to let them speak into our lives and we need to love on them. That’s how we run in rest. We just hang out with them, and watch them work. Sure, they will work through us, but we don’t have to get stressed. Our job is to be good son’s and daughter’s. If we can do that, then we can get everything done that He wants to do through us.

Someday we are going to realize that everything in the Christian life is really about maintaining and increasing our intimacy with God. IF we can do that we can run the best race, pouring on speed at the end to obtain the crowd. That’s what I want to do these next few weeks. Sometimes with my schedule it is hard to do, but I am getting better at it, and it’s just a matter of dialing down and really seeking what is best.

A good son learns at the feet of his father. It is imperative that we learn to slow down and set at the feet of the Father. This is the only way that we will be successful in the long run. So, we really can run in rest. It’s a matter of love and intimacy. We have to realize that we can get more done at His feet than going out on our own. My prayer is that I make even more time to rest in Him.

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