How to Find Perfect Rest

Feb 2, 2015 1387

By Desmond Ford

restThen 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. – Matt 11:28–30, NLT

Christ invites all who are weary and heavy laden to come to him and receive rest. Then Jesus proceeds to say that as we learn of his meekness and lowliness we shall find rest.

There is a rest in justification when we cease from depending on anything in us or by us for acceptance with God. There is further rest in sanctification. Day-by-day Christ’s own character is imparted to us. This gives us victory over sin and makes our lives beautiful with the fruit of the Spirit.

The essence of the Christian faith does not consist of negatives or “burdens grievous to be borne” (Lk 11:46 KJV). It has nothing to do with cultic or traditional bugaboos.

The heart of Christianity is Christ and his teachings on faith, hope, and love. Said Paul: “Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation” (Gal 6:15). “[I]n Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love” (Gal 5:6).

God gives his gifts with both hands. God justifies no person whom he does not also sanctify. Yet perfect righteousness is found only in the imputed merits of him who lived and died for us.

– Des Ford. Rom 8:27–32 (Adapted from “Coping with Stress”)

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