Good work ends in rest

We tell our children to do their chores before they can go play. This teaches them good work habits, a way of prioritizing what has to be done vs. what they want to do.

In Genesis chapters 1-2, we read of how God got his work done. Here is the order of what God did:
He said, saw, separated, called, made, set, created, formed, breathed, blessed, planted, took, put, commanded, caused, finished.

Only after all of this good work did He rest.

Now we aren’t given quite the same list of to-do’s as God had, but we each know what needs to be done for work and for our home life. I know as a stay-at-home wife and mom, I should be following the Lord’s example too. It is important for all of us to use our God-given time wisely and well. This is a real lesson for me, and maybe for you too.

“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, …”
Proverbs 6:6-11

Whether we are at home, at work or in school, the gift of time is not guaranteed forever. It is very easy to become lazy and waste what we’ve been given. One day we will regret spending too much time on our phones, playing computer games, or watching pointless TV shows and movies. Maybe we should research for a way to help our children when they are out, or come up with a way to surprise our spouse with a statement of love of an unexpected action, or offering to help a neighbor who is moving in or out, etc.

“Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”
Ephesians 5:16

Another way of looking at this is: our job here on earth is to share the gospel throughout our lives, both verbally and by our living testimony. This is our work. When the Lord calls us home to be with Him, then that will be our rest.

“Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.”
Romans 13:11

Food for thought: Believe me when I say this blog is just as much for me, if not more, than it is for any of you!!!

Fun facts: “When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection.”
– A.W. Tozer

Photo by: Kari Wiseman – Two blue chairs

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