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Living in victory, part 8: Make every effort

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Hebrews 4:11 (NIV)

Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.

There was a pastor who worked very hard. From the time the sun rose, until way after it had set, he worked to share the gospel and to otherwise show the love of God to every person he met. He never took a day off because there was so much work to be done, and he believed God would give him strength in any case.

His ministry grew and he was much loved by all around. But eventually the 16-hour days, 7-day-a-week job began to wear on him. There was no escaping it, he was just plain worn out.

He had to keep going though, there were so many needs, so many things to do in order to get the work of God done.

One night very late, he stopped to read his bible, and it opened to the verse where Jesus said “my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30)

In anger the pastor threw his bible to the floor, and shouted to the Lord, “your burden IS heavy, it is not light, I am exhausted.”

In his own shock at his own honesty, he sat silently. In the silence he heard a gentle, quiet, voice say “I did not ask you to do all these things.”

Why is it easier to just do something, than to rest in God?

The “rest” of God is ceasing one’s own efforts, and instead relying on God to accomplish his purpose in us. Whenever the Israelites took matters into their own hands, they fell, but when they trusted God, they were victorious. So as the writer of Hebrews says, let us work toward entering HIS rest, so we will not fail like they did.

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