Labor Day as a Day of Rest

This Labor Day, let’s remember the great work of the cross, where Jesus said, “It is finished!” His work allows us to rest. So let’s glorify Jesus by resting well in the full-scale grace that is ours through his life, death, burrial and resurrection. It’s all been done. Salvation is complete. It is finished!

  • A friend of ours often says, “We were created to be, not to do. But from the being comes the doing.” I love that, because often times we’ll “do” the same things whether we’re doing them from “doing” or as a result of “being” but the intention of our heart is different. So, how do we live between the thoughts “I must do, do, do” and “Well, He’s already done it, so now I’ll just sit here.” It’s hard for me to find a balance sometimes.

  • Yeah, I understand the tension. Maybe this will help… Our work is to abide in Jesus- to believe the gospel – to find our live in him. His record of obedience is now our record of obedience. The old man is dead. We are new creatures. As we believe this by abiding in Jesus as our LIFE, the life/Spirit of Jesus lives in us (see John 15:4-5). It is HIS life in us that does the doing. It is HIS fruit. Or as Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And this life I live, I live BY FAITH in the son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” So, while it looks like we are doing the doing, it actually is Jesus doing the doing while we do the abiding/resting/believing. This is why we say, “When we are weak, then we are strong.” We don’t have any power in ourselves. It must be the indwelling Christ empowering the new life. And this empowering happens as we abide/believe/rest.