Journal Entry ~ 01/06/18

9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. - Galatians 6:9-10

I heard something the other day that caused me pause - if God answered your, would it impact anyone’s life but you? Immediate family and close friends are included in “you.”  Pray prayers bigger than you. What if we all spent at least one prayer time per week praying for things outside of us?  That would be the good we’re not supposed to give up on. 

When we accept Christ into our lives, we accept an invitation onto a battlefield. There is a very real war happening around us between flesh and spirit at all times.  We are called to continue believing the gospel in a world that denies it, and to continue to spread His love to a people who don’t want it.  Living day after day in battle can be exhausting and frustrating and there will be days when we want to call it quits. We need to take a break, and we need to do it regularly. God created us with a desire to rest, but the true rest our souls long after cannot be found in this world.  

Although it may not be the true soul rest we long for, God does provide us some rest in this world.  The problem is God's definition of rest gets muddled with the world's definition.  The rest we need is not found on a vacation or the beach, and it’s not found in a bottle of wine or on the couch in front of the TV.  While there is nothing necessarily wrong with those things, they will not provide the rest we’re truly looking for when we are weary the battle of life.  We find the rest we need by spending time with Him and with His people. Getting into the Word every day, praying for the world over focusing our own needs, spending time serving with His people, going to small group and church every week - those are the things that truly refresh the soul. 

If our desire is to not grow weary of doing good, we need to rest in Him.  How will you choose to rest today?

Press on ~ you are loved 💗

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