Sunday, March 08, 2009

Rest

Talking to an old friend recently who is not a church goer he was reflecting that when I left secular employment 8 years ago to work for church he assumed I was going for the easy life. Now he says that I am never in and always seem to be at church.

I love what I do it is so much more than a job but it is easy to become imbalanced. With Nicola also working at church it seems like sometimes we can have church for breakfast, lunch & tea.

Reading a new book called: Mad Church Disease has been very challenging. I was finishing it off last night and read something about rest that really hit me between the eyes. A quote from Watchman Nee about the Sabbath (Day of rest)

"Where did Adam stand in relation to that rest of God. Adam, we are told. was created on the sixth day. Clearly, then, he had no part in those first six days of work, for he came into being only at their end. God's seventh day was, in fact, Adam's first. Where God worked six days and then enjoyed his Sabbath rest, Adam began his life with the sabbath; for God works before he rests, while man must first enter into God's rest, and then alone can he work."

As a pastor you can get so busy working for God that you forget that it is actually all about God.

"We cannot be dependent on ourselves and on God at the same time. When we consider the practice of rest unnecessary. we will also inevitably lose sight of God" - Anne Jackson. (Mad Church Disease - Author)

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