9 So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.
10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.
11 Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.
This week, we have considered the idea of rest and why God commands His people to seek rest. The reality is that all people desire rest at some point when they reach the end of their rope. Though we are called to pursue regular rhythms of rest in our normal routines, it is certain that we will again grow tired and needy of further rest. This pattern reminds us that we are unable to sustain ourselves and again calls us to look to God who provides all of our needs.
However, those who follow Christ not only have the hope of rest in Him now, but rest in Him through all eternity. All of our striving in life should be aimed at entering the final rest of God through faithfulness to Him and trust in His Son, Jesus. We will enjoy rest in Him for eternity because His finished work has accomplished our salvation and put us in right relationship with the Father.
One of the ways that we pursue faithfulness to God, seeking to rest in Him, is through community. In community, we are reminded of where true rest comes from as we speak the good news of the gospel into one another’s lives. We should continually be inviting others into the community of the church, that they might learn the good news and find true rest.
• How do people in our community regularly seek rest?
• How can we show them the gospel as a better picture of true rest that cannot be found in anyone else but Jesus?
• Pray and thank God that He has promised ultimate rest for His people because of Jesus. Ask Him to bring to mind those who are needy of this rest in your community, and to lead you to obedience to share the good news with them.