RESTING.

April 29, 2011

HOW DO WE REST?

Here’s the deal…. WE ALL HAVE MOMENTS WHERE THINGS GET ROUGH. we all have moments when all you wanna do is squirm your way out of your circumstances, or just get up and leave and never face your brokenness. sometimes we would do anything to get away from people, places, jobs, responsibilities, CHRONIC SICKNESS (ive watched some of the most amazing people i know get so sick and have to struggle day in and day out just to not lose hope in God’s plan for their lives and its been nothing short of INSPIRING), etc. ┬ábut the biggest struggle for all of us is in the perseverance through sin, strife and even the dreariness of normal life.

HOWEVER WE GO ABOUT TO COPE WITH OUR INADEQUACY, GOD HAS COMMANDED US TO REST.

im just trying to read and i came about this story from PAWSON. it reminded me of how much we try to make circumstances come about. whether our battle is to never suffer, or to indulge ourselves in suffering…of course “all in the name of christ”… its clear the Jesus never asked us to do anything more than to trust Him, and rest in Him when things don’t go our way. His burden is light and His yolk is easy. so awesome!

so heres the story….(its in reference to the book of Colossians)

THIS THEME OF THE ABSTINENCE OF THE BODY IS ESPECIALLY DEMONSTRATED IN THE LIFE OF MARTIN LUTHER. IN HIS DAYS AS A MONK, HE SOUGHT TO SAVE HIMSELF BY FOLLOWING WHAT HE UNDERSTOOD TO BE THE APPROPRIATE PRACTICES. HE PRAYED TO THREE SAINTS EVERYDAY AND FLOGGED HIMSELF UNTIL HE FELL UNCONSCIOUS ON THE CELL FLOOR. HE WENT ON A PILGRIMAGE AND CLIMBED THE HOLY STEPS IN ROME ON HIS KNEES. BUT HE FOUND NO PEACE. HIS FATHER SUPERIOR ASKED HIM, ‘IF YOU TAKE AWAY ALL THE RELICS AND PILGRIMAGES AND PRAYERS TO SAINTS AND ALL THESE DEVOTIONAL PRACTICES, WHAT WILL YOU PUT IN THEIR PLACE?’ MARTIN LUTHER REPLIED, ‘CHRIST, MAN ONLY NEEDS JESUS CHRIST.’ THIS IS HOW THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION BEGAN. IT REMOVED ALL THE UNNECESSARY PRACTICES OF RELIGION AND PUT CHRIST BACK IN HIS PLACE.

I should stop running.