Jesus. The Beginning and the End. The Alpha and Omega. Holiness, Perfection, Beauty, Love, Purity, Truth, Strength, Compassion, Righteousness – Jesus. Life is so much more about Jesus and so much less about my own self. Life is so much better when Jesus – when
The Beginning and the End, the Alpha and Omega, the Holy One, Perfect One, Beautiful One, Loving One, Pure One, True One, Strong One, Compassionate One, and Righteous One is at the center of my attention.
I’m looking for rest continually. Rest from my struggles, rest from life – just rest. But I don’t always look for that rest in the right place. I try and find that rest in myself. I try to do what is right, I try to be perfect, I try to love Jesus more, I try to pray the right things, I try to do the right things, and inevitably I become lost in myself which is the last place where I will find rest.
Psalm 62:5 says,
“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my help comes from him.
And Jesus said,
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matt. 11:28-30)
Jesus is teaching me that rest is found in Him. It’s found in His perfection, in His glory, in His holiness, in His truth, in His beauty, in His righteousness, in His purity, and in His love. I don’t have to perfect any of these qualities to find rest – Jesus is perfect in all of them already, and I am in Him, and I am allowed to rest in His perfect goodness. Thank You, Jesus.
“Come and see what I will do.”
This phrase has been placed in my mind. This life is not about me, it’s not as much about what I do, but more about what Jesus has done and is doing. And as His child, he is reaching down and inviting me to come along and see what He will do; what He will do in my life, what He will do around me, what He will do. There is nothing more satisfying, nothing more restful and fulfilling than seeing Jesus in all His glory do what only He can do. And the things that He does are glorious – He is the one who tramples my enemies under my feet, who heals my hurts, who frees me from my chains.
Jesus invites me daily to let go of myself, to lay down my yoke, to take up His, to take hold of his hand, and to watch and see what He is going to do. Jesus is great and glorious beyond my comprehension, and what he offers is the perfect rest and fulfillment for my soul. It is what this life is all about – not myself, but Christ Jesus, and Him crucified, resurrected, and glorious. Come and see what He will do.