"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.