There are only a few things important in the Kingdom of God, and one of them is entering his rest. You cannot truly serve him (do ministry) if you haven’t entered God’s rest.
Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience. [Hebrews 4.11]
You know how serious it is if you fail to enter this rest? You “perish” because it is disobedience. Whether “perish” means salvation is lost or you get weak spiritually is up to the reader. Imagine doing ministry with a dead spiritual life. It happens a lot. Church folks entangled by worldly problems and cares serve God.
You enter this rest through faith, and faith, says the Hebrews passage, is obedience.
Obedience to what?
Many Christians think that as long as they’re doing church ministry, they are “obeying.” And not doing any ministry is “disobedience.” They’d probably be shocked to know that many who are active in ministry may really be disobeying if they have not entered God’s rest—and many who are not in a church ministry are actually in obedience to God.
God is very particular about obeying his Word in his Ways alone:
That is why I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.’ So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ [Hebrews 3.10-11].
Obeying God using his ways, this is what matters to God. And believe me, if you do things his way, you experience genuine rest in God. No sweat. When you do things his way, it is God himself doing it, not you. As Paul said, “It’s no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.”
Many people do lots of things in church. They stress themselves out so that later they end up sickly. They set high goals and try their best to achieve them. And then you see lots of pastors with this or that ailment. Many of them end up with high blood pressure, serious heart problems, diabetes, cancer or ALL of the above.
Is that abundant life? Jesus said he came that we might have life and abundantly. If we serve God in his ways alone, we find rest in God. And I mean REST. Relaxation. Ease. Peace. Funny, but a lot of church people today do not know anymore how to relax—especially pastors. To them, you don’t serve God until you are well exhausted. I don’t know where they got the idea.
Ministry is simple. Look at how Jesus and the Acts church did it. They absorbed themselves in the WORD and asked for guidance in prayer and then did things in the supernatural ways of God. They did everything in God’s strength and efforts—-never by human efforts.
Just meditate the WORD, day and night. That’s what the Word says. Then God speaks to you supernaturally. That spoken Word also gives you supernatural wisdom, strength and capacity.
But be careful. The warning says:
Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.
Stubborn people still do things their way even if God tells them in the bible to rely on him alone. Many church people have been accustomed to follow only procedures allowed by their church denominations. This is NOT God’s way. Even if you accomplish a lot of things “for God,” it is still disobedience.
True obedience is this: You hear God’s voice and you obey as he says using his ways. Period. That’s true Sabbath rest.
You do nothing by human understanding or effort. Instead (let’s repeat for emphasis), you hear the spoken Word of God as you meditate the bible and make sure to obey by using God’s ways alone. GOD’S WAYS ALONE. That’s it. That’s real Sabbath.
If you do this, you find real rest in God—and you keep out of ailments as well.
Problems come if you don’t hear anything from God because you have become so accustomed to your denominational ways.