That Abiding Rest

"Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest"
- Hebrews 4:11 -

I recently had to relearn a very basic teaching in Christianity.  It is the discipline of abiding in Christ.  But what does it mean to abide?  It is to rely totally, it is to depend, it is to trust fully, and it is to rest.

How often we lose sight!  We look at our past and are filled with regret, and we dwell in it.  We are blinded by our present circumstances and lose hope as we are confronted by overwhelming odds.  And we peer into the future and worry about what it has in store for us.  But our eyes were never meant to focus on these things.  Our eyes are meant to focus on God.

"Come to me all you who are weary and burdened," said Jesus, "and I will give you rest."  "Abide in me," he says, and elsewhere, "My yoke is easy and my burden is light."  The apostle Peter calls us to cast all our cares on Christ, echoing Jesus' command not to worry.  The writer of Hebrews urges us to make every effort to enter that abiding rest.

And we who are in Christ can enjoy that rest because we have that blessed assurance that Jesus is enough, and that he is our all.  Let us not fall short of it.