Let Us Labor to Rest

Let Us Labor to Rest

“Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest” (Heb. 4:11).

Seems to be a contradiction in terms, labor to rest; but in reality, it
is not. Let us eagerly strive and earnestly pursue to count all our
works as “dung and filthy rags” and to “cease from our own works,” cease
from trusting ourselves, cease from going about to establish our own
righteousness (Rom 10:3-4) and to rest, relax and trust the Lord Jesus
Christ, who accomplished all righteousness and all salvation for us
(Rom. 8:32; Col. 2:9-10; Phil. 3:7-9).

This is impossible for any sinner to do apart from Almighty grace!
However, when the Lord is pleased to reveal Himself unto us, it is the
delight of faith (Heb. 12:2), the joy of hope (II Thess. 2:16) and the
burning desire of love to come to Christ and rest in Him (I John 4:19).
He said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I
will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am
meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my
yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Oh Lord, give us grace to rest in

~Tom Harding

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