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“There is nothing better than to rejoice in our work 

… for we are God’s fellow workers.”  

Ecclesiastes 3:22

1 Corinthians 3:9

 

At the beginning of my senior year in college one of my favorite professors died.  He taught biblical studies at a large public university back in the day when a professor could openly profess his faith in Jesus without fear of ridicule or scorn.

 

Dr. Boyd was a man who loved teaching.  His sudden death was a huge loss for me because I was enrolled in his Seniors Seminar with 11 other students who would meet in his home to learn about living the Christian life.  He died the day before our first class.

 

When I went to his funeral, my heart was heavy, drowning in grief.  The service began with his widow and children processing into the church, as we all sang “For All The Saints.”  My grief was lifted as we sang these words:

 For all the saints, who from their labors rest,

Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,

Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress and their Might;

Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well fought fight.

     (Click here to listen to this great hymn.)

 

As a Pastor I find peace and joy in my labors for God, especially when I see the fruit of our labors.  I seek to offer God my best.  My desire is to please Him and to serve in such a manner that He can use me to accomplish His heart’s desire.  

 

All of us are called to labor for God, whether we are a teacher, nurse, farmer, engineer, or the low-one-on-the-totem poll.  There is no greater position in life than to labor with God, to be His co-worker.

 

If your work today seems laborious, remember that God is laboring alongside of you.  Look to Him and rejoice in the task that is before you. 

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“I will give you rest … you will find rest for your souls”

 

Jesus’ invitation to those who are weary from carrying heavy burdens and stress is one which many of us fail to grasp.

 

We long for the rest Jesus promises and of which many others speak, but it escapes us because we do not attend to the RSVP on the invitation.

 

The RSVP is: Take my yoke upon you.

 

Rest comes not to those who long for it in Jesus’ name, but to those who yoke themselves to Jesus, letting Him carry their burdens.  

 

If you are weary and stressed, stop running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off praying, “Jesus help me, I am tired.”

 

Instead of running around Jesus, frantically reaching out to Him, stop and link yourself to Him.  Then, and only then, will you find rest for your souls.

 

Come to me, all who weary 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. (1)

 

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(1) Matthew 11:28–29

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