Alan Fadling is a certified spiritual director and executive director of The Journey, a ministry of The Leadership Institute in Orange, California. He is also part of a planting team for a new church called The Following in Orange County. He lives in Mission Viejo, California, with his wife, Gem, and their three sons. This week's readings are taken from An Unhurried Life.
What he Said … Rest Like God
God knows the value of rest. He himself rested, and he has designed us to rest, and to rest regularly—as in every seven days. Yet many believers today have not received the gift or entered into the rhythm of that rest. We have to release habits of drivenness, anxiety, and workaholism if we are to receive the gift of rest. We also need to turn to God and learn rest from the one who rested from his work of creation.
Some believers, however, will [see rest] as an end-of-life goal rather than a here-and-now reality. That can lead to a "work now, rest later" scenario. Others say, "I'd rather burn out than rust out for God." By this, they seem to mean that they would rather work for the Lord until they are totally out of gas than fail to work for him at all. I understand that sentiment, but, frankly, I would rather do neither. I long to live beneath the easy and well-fitting yoke of Jesus, a yoke that isn't burdensome or exhausting.
Sabbath rest is primary, and our good work grows out of our rest.