[Rest from your] Labor Day

(These thoughts were spurred by a post by Seth Godin on “scuff-proof shoes”.)

Just like Adam and Eve in the garden, our tendency when we sin is to pull away and hide, both from others and from God (Genesis 3:8). But we’re told that by doing this — hiding our screw-ups is essentially the same as claiming not to have any — we’re both lying and calling God a liar (1 John 1:8-10).

(It’s also exhausting.)

Like Adam and Eve, it’s when we come out into the open (being honest with God, ourselves, and the people we’ve wronged) that we receive His mercy, healing, and rest (1 John 1:9, 2:1-2; Hebrews 4:9-11).

But unlike them, the sacrifice made to atone for our sins and cleanse us is far superior than the animals slain to cover their shame (Genesis 3:21; Hebrews 9:13-15): their atonement was accompanied by curses (Genesis 3:16-19) and banishment (Genesis 3:23); through Christ, ours is accompanied by God adopting us as His own sons and daughters — and promises of a rich inheritance befitting our new status as His children (Ephesians 1:4-14)!

We are the recipients of such amazing blessings and promises — blessings and promises God prepared for us when we were still His sworn enemies (Romans 5:8-11)! So when we sin, let’s not shrink back into the shadows like our “first parents”, thinking we can cover our failures and shame by our own efforts — and all the while, those very efforts robbing us of the forgiveness and healing God can provide. Instead, “let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most” (Hebrews 4:16).

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” — Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)

2 thoughts on “[Rest from your] Labor Day

  1. From another dude who thinks about stuff . . . Re:paragaph two (2), it would seem that in order to be COMPLETELY honest with God, ourselves and the people we’ve wronged, it requires some degree of HUMILITY. Thank God that He gives grace (not only in the form of, but in addition to His mercy, healing and rest) to the humble (1 Peter 5:5b)! As well, see the fruit of humility versus that of pride (Luke 14:11).

  2. I think you are right. We tend to make work, family, and our day-to-day life our hiegsht priorities. Whatever is left, we give to God. Sometimes after a long day, there really isn’t a lot left to give He asks for our first fruits not our left overs. I think you make a very good point.

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