I just went wow, wow, and WOW when I read this article in The Star today.
Because ‘pursuit’ by itself means you are holding tight to the reins instead of letting go… to Him.
As I’m parched and thirsty to find rest amidst this hurried world, I shall then ‘pursue’ to understand what does Sabbath truly means. And not focus to desperately cling to DO the ‘actions’ of what I half know Sabbath is.
I found this article and found some strong aha here for me. I just absolutely love being in Christ as I relearn about life. (Rather, had I ever learn it prior to knowing Him?)
Excerpts from the article
So then, there remains a sabbath rest for the people of God [it is available to us now]; for whoever enters God’s rest also ceases from his labors as God did from his. (Hebrews 4:9-10)
God knew that this would be our problem. He understands us. Nothing is hidden from him; he knows exactly the way we operate. Therefore he has designed an adequate provision for our weakness, teaching us how to operate on an entirely different basis, to no longer look to oneself but to look to the one who dwells within; to expect him to do something through you, using your mind, your will, your emotions, your feelings, but it is he who does the work. But unless you begin to count on his working you will never experience it.
Right here comes the seventh factor, the one serious problem which remains. Christians say again and again, Why is this so difficult to do? Why do I have so much trouble? Why is it that Hebrews 4:11 goes on to say,
“Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, that no one fall by the same sort of disobedience.”
Why must we work at this?
Some seem able to learn it, and from time to time we see someone virtually come alive and their Christian life is simply transformed by learning to operate on this principle.
They lose their egotism, as extroverts; or they lose their introverted feeling of self-consciousness. They begin to do things and to enjoy them, experiencing the blessing and excitement of Christian living.
“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)
Back in the days of the old West the oxen teams that came across the prairies were yoked together with a great, wooden yoke, made to fit over the necks of two oxen. A yoke is always made for two, never for one. Jesus was a carpenter, and in the carpenter shop in Nazareth he often made yokes. From this he draws this very apt simile.
“Enter into the yoke with me,” he says, “you on one side; I on the other.”
When you enter into the yoke with Jesus Christ you give up the right to determine what your life may be. You expect him to direct you.
“Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone; but if it die, it brings forth much fruit.” (John 12:24 KJV)
The reason why you cannot enter into the joy and glory and excitement of the rest which God has provided in ceasing from your own activities and resting upon his, is because, in some way or another, you are protecting some area of the ego, the self-life, saying, “This is mine; keep your hands off.” As long as you do that you cannot have rest.
Rest is the secret of human fruitfulness. As you consent to this, a wonderful thing will begin to happen. You will find rest. Jesus said you would
If you are as hungry and straining to learn about Sabbath- rest, read more here
I shall continue my wonderful journey too.
It took all the will and Words not to strangle the guy sitting beside me on the 5 hour journey coach! Especially when my mental state is troubled and peace seems to be taking a momentarily vacation.
Was on the phone blabbering, complaining like an aunt (Sorry, no disrespect here to aunts.). He was literally complaining non stop.
Geez guy, man up will ya! Like Hokkien saying, you are talking like a chicken backside. Pok pok pok pok pok. Butt wagging, mouth blabbering.
Somebody get a curler and put it on his hair already!!!