in fulfillment at work? Are you trying to get it all done in your own strength?
Ever realized that without taking time to rest you end up putting yourself in an unhealthy position? Ever realized that without taking time to rest you can burn out or become impatient or allow frustration to take hold because your fuse is being shortened?
Today’s reading starts in Exodus on this subject…
8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.
–from Exodus 20
How are you doing in this area? I know personally it is probably one of my biggest struggles because work is so busy, family is so busy, church is so busy, … but God says it is important so we need to take this seriously! Not only for you but for everyone else around you too.
Not sure where to go or where to turn in order to find rest? Jesus is the answer! He speaks to us today in today’s reading this way…
28Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
–from Matthew 11
When about it His way and partner with Him, He helps to make it easier! When each day we partner with Jesus in our everyday and busy life, He provides us rest in and through it all! When we partner with Jesus (yoke together) we are able to find rest in our soul! When we partner with Jesus we will find that His yoke is easy and His burden is light! So don’t try to do it alone! Don’t try to make it through life with the yoke of the world on your shoulders! Trade it up to put on the one God gives you!
So let’s purpose to take time to rest! Today’s reading continues into Hebrews where it says…
11Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.
–from Hebrews 4
By aligning to God’s Word which is alive and active so that we can receive wisdom and direction and correction! God’s Word is “sharper than a two edged sword piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Nothing is hidden from God’s eyes! He sees where we are at and loves us too much to leave us there! He sees what we are going through and wants us to turn to Him and receive His love, His mercy, and His grace.
So will you take time this week to rest? Will you take time after your busy week to rest? Will you permit yourself to rest? Will you allow others to rest as well? Let’s consider the last part of today’s reading where we read…
2And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.
–from Genesis 2
We have all been given free will! Will we choose to try and go it alone and work ourselves to death? Will we choose to connect with Jesus and allow His yoke to be put on us? The choice is yours so choose wisely! Faith without works is dead! But work isn’t to be the driving force!
Today’s devotional concludes this 6 day devotional titled Finding Fulfillment in Work. It speaks into today’s readings this way…
Man was created by God for work. For the Christian, life without work is meaningless; but work must never become the meaning of one’s life.
Finding fulfillment in the work God created us to do requires that we take a break.
Work is one of the primary means by which we fulfill our true purpose: to glorify God, serve the common good, and further God’s kingdom. God reminds us of this on the seventh day of creation.
God worked for six days, and then he rested – not because he was tired but because he had “completed his work.” God teaches us that work is not an end in and of itself. This is why he instituted the Sabbath. In Deuteronomy 20:8-11, God repeats this idea again in the Ten Commandments when he says to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
Today culture views work as an end. Work supplies our identity and gives meaning to our lives by maximizing success and money through our labor. Our work is never finished, and the constant drive to prove ourselves destroys our ability to find rest. We can’t sit still and unplug. This drive also inhibits our ability to find fulfillment in our work.
This distortion of work’s purpose cripples our chances of finding true joy and fulfillment in our work. It also hinders and distracts us from worshipping God. When divorced from God, all work degenerates into pure self-centered ambition.
The only thing that will silence the condemning voices driving so many of us to the brink of exhaustion is the biblical discipline of Sabbath rest.
Correctly practicing the Sabbath brings about a new spiritual understanding of both work and the whole of our lives. The purpose of the Sabbath is not rejuvenation in order to be more productive. Nor is it only the pursuit of pleasure.
Instead, the purpose of Sabbath is to enjoy:
- Joyful worship with God’s people
- God’s glorious creation
- Time with family
- Life in general
- Your accomplishments, achieved through God’s help
- The freedom found in the gospel, freedom from slavery to any material object or human expectation
The Sabbath is a time to unplug from our vocational work. The author of Hebrews writes that we have to labor diligently to enter God’s rest. We have to work hard at disconnecting from what we do the other six days and really enjoy the release and peace that God has designed for us on this holy day. Sabbath keeping has to be intentional.
Setting aside one day in seven to observe the Sabbath will begin to change the way we see our work and what it can and cannot accomplish.
We should love the vocational work God has given us so much that he makes us take off a day every week. Let Sabbath rest rejuvenate you and your work.
–from Finding Fulfillment in Work (Day 6)