Let Us… Enter That Rest | Hebrews 4:9-11
Thirty years, I was told that I was burning the candle at both ends. And it didn’t help that I was driving my very first car. When I was 18 I bought a Datsun 180B. It was a good car. Notice that I use that word “was”.
In those days, I was
living at Roseville on Sydney North Shore;
dating Leisl who lived in Engadine which is in Sydney’s South;
a full-time student in Carlingford in Sydney’s north-west;
working part time in Sydney’s West;
And I had a student church close to Cronulla on Sydney’s South.
I used to travel from the north, to the south, to the west back down to south, then back home to the north. Back then I was clocking up over 1000 km a week!
The problem was, my car couldn’t handle it. In one year, I had 7 NRMA Road Call Services and 6 NRMA Tow-trucks services! At least I got my money’s worth from the NRMA.
One day, my future father-in-law wanted to have a special chat with Leisl and me and I was petrified! He told us that we were burning the candle at both ends! And he was right. We were. I wanted to ask if I could move in with them but didn’t think that would be wise to ask. Graeme said that we will burn out if we didn’t slow down.
And he was right, we all need to put some margin back into our lives. Margin is breathing room. It’s time out. It’s rest.
Over January, we have a month’s window before we launch into an exciting year with vision, new sermon series, ministry groups returning. I’m really looking forward to 2018.
In recent years, it’s come to my attention that talking about making new year’s resolutions is a waste of time for we will inevitably break them. So don’t bother.
I find this kinda sad as many people will simply go into the new year doing the same things as last year, which was probably the same as the year before! It’s like going in a merry-go-round, going around and around and not hoping off.
I believe there are always room for improvement – in relationships, health, work. Certainly, for the Christian our faith shouldn’t be static, doing the merry go round thing. We are called to grow. Peter wrote to Christians and told them, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18 NIV).
And so, in January, we are looking at Hebrews chapter 4 and at the three times the writer uses the phrase “Let us”. Three times in chapter 4 the writer says, “Let us”. I like that instead of saying, “You need to do this”, he says, "Let us." He's encouraging all of us together to do these things and so, what I want to do is cover one "let us" per week over the next 3 weeks.
The writer has written, “Let us enter a spiritual rest”, he said, "Let us hold firmly to what we believe”, and he said, “Let us enter