I want us to know there is an aspect of grace which we take for granted. It’s about rest.
Grace promotes a lifestyle in harmony with God’s creation. It flows with the movement of creation and His Spirit.
God created morning and evening on the 1st day. He then created the sun moon and stars to fill in the day and night he made on the 1st day.
He then created the sky and the sea on the 2nd. He created the birds and fishes on the 5th day to fill the sky and sea he created on the 2nd day.
He created the earth and plants on the 3rd and he then created the animals and man on the 6th to feed on the plants he made on the 3rd.
Everything has an order and rhythm. Our lives are build around this order. A sense of seasons and time. Solomon says there is a time for everything.
Unless our lives reflects a sense of such rhythm we can hardly sense the peace and rest He promises.
Sometimes grace is not just found in the doctrines. It is found in deliberately forcing ourselves to follow a rhythm that rests.
Jesus was always on time, always moving but yet always resting. He is the perfect embodiment of resting and yet busy. His secret lies in how he lived. He would have morning meetings with his Father. Evening meals with his loved ones. He would also sleep when it’s time to sleep. Even in a storm.
His rhythm was interrupted by the Pharisees who wanted to see to Jesus death when they held a trial in the middle of the night. That’s the law.
Always doing things at the wrong time and doing them beyond the hours demanded for it.
Rest is the most crucial element of Grace.
Many of us who teach grace failed to realize what kind of life we are called to. Most of us spend hours arguing with people over doctrine and then long hours blogging preparing for sermons and writing books.
Then we work. We compete at times like there is no day or night. We then call justify this by calling grace empowerment. We say we don’t carry the cross but work to enhance our careers as if we are nailed to one.
I think we miss the point. I think we forget there is a rhythm to life. Work during the day. Rest during the night. Rest a day from 7.
Start your day at 6pm eating with someone you love. Spend them talking to some one you care for. I am sure she is better than watching a DVD or bluray or Facebook. Spend an hour with Jesus.
Go to be bed at 10. Wake up at 5. Go to work to avoid the jam at 6pm. Leave your office at 5pm. Reach your home by 6pm.
Honestly you can only work at your peak in 4 hours. The rest you are basically distracted. The rest of enjoying your love ones and good sleep empowers you to focus better at work and make you more productive.
There is a rhythm in of our lives. It’s call the rhythm of grace. Jesus has called us to it. “And it was evening and it was morning”. Your day begins in the evening. It starts with a meal with people you love. It starts won’t being full and in rest.
The Message (MSG)
28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
You may say that’s impossible. Really? It depends on who you believe to feed you. Who takes care of you. And who you keep company with. Go to him to find rhythm of grace.