Pastor Shane Ham : Work and Rest

Watch Those F Words · 41:16 · Recorded April 2, 2017

Work and Rest

Psalm 127:2 (TLB) “It is senseless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night… God wants his loved ones to get their proper rest.”

Isaiah 57:20 (NIV) But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud.

Ecclesiastes 10:15 (GNT) Only someone too stupid to find his way home would wear himself out with work!

What keeps me so busy?

Significant external pressures.

Job 9:25 (NCV) “My days go by faster than a runner; they fly away without my seeing any joy.”

Increasing personal debts.

James 4:1-2 (NIV) What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you. You desire but do not have… you covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight.

Ever advancing technology.

Proverbs 4:23 (GNT) Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.

Continual need to prove yourself!

How do I slow down?

1. Realize my true worth.

James 1:18 (NCV) God decided to give us life through the word of truth so we might be the most important of all the things he made.

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

1 Corinthians 7:23 (TLB) You have been bought and paid for by Christ, so you belong to him.

Isaiah 49:16 (NIV) See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.

2. Seek to make Jesus my number one ambition.

Genesis 1:31-2:3 (NCV) God saw all that he had made, and it was very good… so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. He rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Hebrews 4:9-10 (NIV) 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.

3. Learn to enjoy what He’s already given me.

4. Obey God’s limits on my labor.

Exodus 20:9-10 (GNT) You have six days in which to do your work, but the 7th day is to be a day of rest dedicated to Me.

Deuteronomy 5:14-15 (NIV) But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do. Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.”

Mark 2:27-28 (NIV) Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

Sabbath is an act of liberation.

Sabbath is an act of trust.

5. Exchange my pressure for God’s peace.

Matthew 11:28, 30 (NCV) Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest…the load I give you to carry is light.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV) God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Study & Discussion Questions
  • Have you ever been called a “workaholic”? Why?
  • What stood out to you most in this week’s message? Discuss it with your small group.
  • Read Isaiah 57:20. If the wicked are like the tossing sea, how would you picture those at peace with God? Which do you feel like? Why?
  • Look up Deuteronomy 5:12-15. This commandment concerns our relationship with God. What does this say about the kind of relationship God wants with us? What does this teach you about his nature?
  • How do you like to spend a Sunday afternoon? If not on Sunday, how do you usually spend the “Sabbath”?
  • Sabbath is a day unhurried, a day to rest. If there’s anything we and our busy children need, it’s simply to take a day to slow down. This doesn’t mean everyone must sit on the couch and stare at the walls. It’s simply a day to set aside to focus on God and on family and friends. Talk to your kids about this being a day of “get-tos” instead of “have-tos”. What are some things you can do together on Sabbath? Here are some examples: a simple meal, a bike ride, or a board game. Or just let your kids chill out-without electronic entertainment preferably.
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