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Genesis 2:2 “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work”

Our young adults group from Lancaster FM Church have just been for a weekend away at an outdoor center in Cumbria. God did many great things among all of us and he spoke to me particularly about rest.

One of the frequent comments I get from other people is that I am a busy guy, which I agree with to some extent. People like me try to claim every hour in the day and squeeze it dry for it’s usefulness and often get questioned for doing too much.

On the flip side I hear people talking all the time about how they feel they should do more with their spare time, particularly towards God. How then do we find the balance between doing good work for God and not getting burnt out?

1. Find a Career

When it says ‘God finished his work’, it’s referring to God having an occupation, a job, a profession, that’s what the word ‘work’ means. God didn’t have to, but he assigned himself the task of creating the heavens and the earth. We are much more encouraged to do good work for God when there is a job to do, a task to complete & a burden to carry. What is your spiritual career? What task has God burdened you to work on?

2. Enjoy it

After six days of work, God chose to cease working and enjoy all he had made. After each day it says God looked at what he had made and saw that it was good. Finding rest in God involves stopping work and seeing the good work we have done. Often I quite like to read through my old journals and blogs to reflect on all the great stuff God has taught me. We must all learn to look at the things we do for God and see that they are good. It isn’t prideful to do so, but only recognizing how God is moving and using you. If we don’t, we miss out on the life giving joy God is wanting to give us because of our work.

What good work are you doing?

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