At the end of the year one always tends to slow down and feel the need to rest. However, we should actually speed up because of rest. Let me explain: Rest is called Sabbath in the Bible, and the Lord wants us to find Sabbath in Him. Therefore, we should actually always be IN rest. When we take a holiday it should not be for rest, but for reflecting and for a change of scenery.
I want us to go into a time of reflecting in December, so that we can go into the year of 2016 with fresh vision on the lessons learnt in 2015. When we reflect, it gives us opportunity to grow and gain insight. Even when God spoke the Sabbath day over Adam and Eve, His intention was to allow rest in Him and to help them reflect on everything that had happened that week.
Hebrews 4:1-11 NIV
Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed. Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, “So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ” And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world. For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.” And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.” Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.
I love this piece of scripture. It commands us to find our rest in GOD. It also shows us that disobedience keeps us from true REST IN HIM. Is it not great to read that God commands obedience as the blessing to REST.
I want to put out the vision: In 2016 we are going to see an increase of effectiveness and also the rise of many great ministries from out of Patria. We are going to see expansion and also some changes – all to the glory of His name.
Let us, therefore, use December wisely: to reflect, obey, spend time with loved ones and live authentic Church. We were called for relationship. Let us, therefore, build strong relationships with God and others.
Enjoy an amazing season of reflecting – 2016 is going to be amazing!
Written By: Pierre Ferreira