You have been given Christ, and in being given Christ, you have been given life.
- You don’t need to search for meaning and purpose.
- You don’t need to search for identity.
- You don’t need to look for something to give you the inner sense of well-being that every person wants.
- You don’t have to wonder if you’ll ever be loved.
- You don’t have to worry that your life and work will result in nothing.
- You don’t have to wonder if you’ll have what you need to face what will be on your plate today.
- You don’t have to worry about your future.You will never be left to the limited range of your own resources.
- You will never, ever be left alone.
- There is always someone who understands you and offers you the help that you need.
- You don’t have to worry about whether your wrongs will be forgiven and your weaknesses greeted with patience and grace.
- You don’t have to worry because you have a Savior who has invaded your life with his grace and has made you the place where he dwells.
So you have been freed from the endless quest for life that consumes so many people. So many look for life where it cannot be found. They hope their marriages will give them the happiness they have not yet found. They look to their jobs to give them identity. They look to people and possessions to give them peace. They don’t know it, but they are asking the situations, locations and relationships of everyday life to be their saviors. Sadly, they’re drinking from wells that are dry and eating bread that will never satisfy. The situations, locations and relationships of daily life are wonderful to enjoy, but we must understand that they will never, ever satisfy our hearts. For that, we have been given a true Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
So instead of wasting your time on that endless quest for life, you have been invited to enter into God’s rest for the rest of your life. Rest in your identity as his child. Rest in his eternal love. Rest in his powerful grace. Rest in his constant presence and faithful provision. Rest in his patience and forgiveness. Rest.
– from New Morning Mercies, a Gospel Devotional by Paul David Tripp
8 thoughts on “Rest”
Beautiful, refreshing words.
Reblogged this on Where Madness & Truth Collide. and commented:
I’m Blown away with this post. This is something that can really apply to and benefit anyone.
Yay! I was blown away by it as well. I’ll need to read it daily as a reminder. I’m so glad you found it worthwhile!
Who are you kidding? Sure we still need to look and seek purpose and meaning and even identity. We just have a helping hand in the process.
Thanks, Leslie for your thoughts. I think Tripp meant more than anything else is that our ultimate meaning and satisfaction comes from a relationship with Christ. He doesn’t disappoint us!
He doesn’t disappoint us, but he does challenge us. We all have much to learn and he is going to be sure we do.
Very beautiful words… and a reminder that many of us need. Thanks