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Work Harder (Better) by Resting More

by Dan Cruver Published May 13, 2015

Too Much Work to Do to Rest?

You can work harder (better) by resting more. No, this is not a snake-oil scam.

It’s been clinically tested, tried, and irrefutably approved.

Before you “Bookmark” this blog post into that black hole of a Bookmark Bar — (you know, the one into which most blog articles live and die without ever being read) — stop and read this one. Now. Or during an upcoming break time.

Immediately before Jesus said these words in Matthew 11:28-30:

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

He said these do-not-enter-unless-invited words in Matthew 11:27:

“All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him” (emphasis mine)

Jesus posted a “Do Not Enter” sign on the door of his relationship with the Father, a “lock-everybody-else-in-the-universe-out” kind of sign. If you’re like me, I don’t crash parties like that.

But Then There’s a Game-Changer (for us)

But…Jesus follows his “Do Not Enter” words, (“and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him” – Matthew 11:27) with these words, ”Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

What? Is this too good to be true? Yes, this news is too good to be true, except when it’s not.

The kind of good news God gives is news that is too good to be true, only it’s not. It turns on its head the way we think things ought to work and, as a result, actually changes everything. 

When Jesus says, “no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him,” he’s talking about a knowing of the most profound kind imaginable. An infinite Person alone can know another infinite Person fully and infinitely. Nobody else has a shot. Not one.

Unless, of course, by some “eucatastrophic” turn of events everyone suddenly has a shot.

What if we were somehow joined or united to the Son in such a way that we actually participated in his very own relationship with his Father? What if we actually found ourselves in the middle of the love the Father and his Son shared with each other, and we found ourselves there for free and forever? Might that be good news?

Maybe Mike Reeves’ words will resonate with you, as they have with me:

“[What I want people to know is that] Jesus is not the God of their imagination, but infinitely better. [My desire is to explore] why people who know Jesus best are always so full of love and joy… Why do they see things about him that are so good that it makes them rejoice?

“Because there are people who do [rejoice like that]…[And] I want to speak that message about who [God] is, what he’s done, and what he thinks of you right now.

And I want to speak that particularly to broken people right now, who know their failures, who feel they’re certainly not worthy of any God, and they fear God would be purely judgmental among them, not kind, not compassionate. And I want to speak about an entirely different God, a very different God, the God of Jesus. Who is so kind.

“One of our terrible problems as Christians is everyday we mar Jesus in our minds. And I find I do this the whole time.

I find that I hear about Jesus…and just in the course of one night, I find that even if I got some facts about him right–he died, he rose, he ascended to heaven, the kindness of Jesus is unconditional love, historically rooted–in what he’s done for us and I get all the objective facts about him correctly in my mind, but I start to mar JesusAnd I start making Jesus out to be demonic, subtly, subtly, in my mind.

“So I find I wake up in the morning and I don’t desire him. So, everyday I need to hear afresh what Jesus is truly like” (What’s the full Vimeo video of this interview here).

If you want to work harder (better) for Jesus for the sake of the fatherless (or for the sake of anyone for that matter)rest in Jesus more, not less.  If all who labor and are heavy laden wish to freely enter into the love between the Father and the Son, simply take Jesus up on his invitation to “Come to me…and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Jesus has NOT given us an empty promise! He’s giving us a promise that gives life! He’s given us himself! And you can believe it now. Just look afresh at him and believe. The Spirit of adoption will do the rest


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