Rest vs. Hard Work

Rest, rest, rest! It’s pushed at us so much at church, in Christian books and posts. The idea of rest is so important – ITS A COMMAND FROM GOD!

We are in a generation that is so busy that it can feel like the world is on our shoulders and it’s all on us or nothing. Do we admit that? No. If we believed God was for us, we would work like it depends on us and rest like it depends on God.

I have a new spin to throw out there though. What if we are off balance in rest and hard work. I think we have pushed and emphasized rest so much that now it’s time to remind people that God is ALSO a strong proponent of hard work!

Hard work develops character in us. If we create a generation that just hears that God wants us to rest and it all depends on God so rest, THEN we may have an uneven understanding of what God expects of us. We may not reach our life goals and calling if we just relax and let go of responsibility too much.

Sometimes we need to get out of our prayer closet and actually DO. God wants us to act and to do so believing that He is with our steps and everything we do. We can pray until we are blue in the face but if God has put us where we are to be that solution then we need to act.

Christians should be known for their excellence, in their attention to detail, their passion and commitment to what they’ve put their hands to. We should represent God well. We all have different talents sure, but the heart behind everything should be that you care.

So, laziness is far from the Christians calling. Work hard, do it for the glory of God and then rest because you are not a machine, you are created by God.

We rest and God still provides like we didn’t. I think of Chick fil a that closes on Sunday and manages to still bring in amazing revenue. Setting your business and your life according to Gods standards is the smartest thing you can do. You do all that’s in your power and God will do the rest!

Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭23‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬

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