What I'm talking about here is inward rest. It is about first receiving from Jesus His peace, His grace and His wisdom.
It is about letting the Holy Spirit in us lead us to do the right things at the right time, with the most amazing God-kind of results.
Let us take a look at the story of two sisters, Martha and Mary, from the Bible:
One day, Jesus visited their home, and Martha immediately got busy serving Him. Mary, on the other
hand, sat at Jesus' feet to listen to Him teach.
After a while, Martha got angry and said to Jesus, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me" (Luke 10:40).
Based on Middle Eastern culture, when you have guests over at your home, you ought to prepare to look after their needs. So Martha wasn't doing anything wrong; in fact, in the natural she was doing what was right.
Yet Jesus' response to Martha's complaint was this: "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her" (Luke 10:41–42).
Our Lord gently rebuked Martha and defended Mary.
Notice Jesus didn't rebuke Martha for her service. He showed her how she was "worried and troubled about many things." And He told her that "one thing is needed"—sitting at His feet and listening to His words.
Is it practical to just be occupied with Jesus? Absolutely.
When you rest, Jesus will cause you to receive His inexhaustible grace, wisdom and supply.
Beloved, you don't have to feel like you have to go through each day struggling and striving to please
God so He can make things work in your favor.
Catch this revelation—God is already pleased with you, because God is pleased with His Son, Jesus (see Matthew 3:17). You can rest. The work is finished. Jesus has provided everything you'll ever need!
God wants to reveal His goodness to you. He wants to bless you in ways greater than you can ever imagine.
If you’re dealing with a financial struggle,
- If you’re in need of healing in your body,
- If you’re struggling in your marriage,
- If your child is going down the wrong path,
If you aren’t sure what decision to make for your future... in the midst of your struggle, on Him.
The Lord is your provision, your healing, your restoration and your wisdom. When you look to Him, He will be everything you need.
Remember, whatever you need in your life today, look to Jesus. It’s not about your limitations; it’s about His love. It’s not about your goodness; it’s about His grace.
Jesus has provided everything you need. All you have to “do” is rest and receive from Him.