Be Free Fridays (Meg)

“Come to me, all who are weary, and I will give you rest.”
– Jesus (Matthew 11:28)
Doesn’t rest sound like just about the most wonderful thing you can imagine sometimes? How often do we walk around flashing our “busy badge” and yet on the inside we are crying out for rest? For breathing in and out. For calmness and gentleness and all good things. A day by the water. A view from the mountains.
Oh, how I long to rest! Physically and spiritually! Don’t you?
A natural “performer” {in the “getting an A on my assignment” kind of way, not quite the “take the spotlight and come alive on stage” kind of way}, I often find it hard to rest spiritually. I often disregard the free gift God’s given me – the way He has called me His child in spite of myself – and I tell Him I want to show him I can do it. He should be proud of me, after all. Look what I’ve accomplished.
But this is not what it means to rest in grace! This is not the abundant life Jesus talks about! This is certainly not the freedom He has given me. My cycle of life goes more like: Work, work, work. Try to please God. Get tired. Work again. That sounds less like rest and more like bondage, doesn’t it?
The truth is, I cannot separate rest from freedom.
I find myself working “for” Him without resting in Him. I find myself going back to the yokes of my former slavery, the bonds of performance and longing for approval that so gripped my heart and kept me from knowing abundance and LIFE, all the while ignoring my identity in Him.
I am so in need of experiencing what it means to rest in grace, to be free to abide in God rather than in the things I’m trying to show off for Him. I’m in desperate need of reminders and this rhythm of rest.
So on Fridays, every once and a while, let’s take time to process through this freedom. Let’s process through this rest that is so preciously and purposefully ours in the gospel. Let’s set aside time to intentionally be free to rest in grace. Let’s start our weekends off well.
In essence, let’s ask: Am I awake enough to hear from Him right now, to be sensitive to the Spirit, to recognize the truth and reality of my humanity and God’s grace? And am I so abiding in Him that I may be free to live out what he has given me today, this week, this year in a regular rhythm of work and rest, seeking and surrender?
Lean in with me. Ask Jesus to grant you that rest, to help you understand that grace and freedom. Maybe your story looks totally different than mine. But the truth is, His grace and freedom and rest covers us all. His love has set us free.
Today, I pray that you may rest in Him. I pray that you may evaluate exactly where He is leading you to wake up and to surrender. What does it look like to be free in whatever and wherever he has placed you?
Because of His great love for you, I pray you would experience true freedom from “work” that bonds you – performance, the drive for acceptance, whatever – those things that keep you from God. This Friday, I pray you would be free. Free to love. Free to follow. Free to rest.
Good reads and listens for your weekend:
  * Psalm62 {a favorite psalm I’ve clung to in times of dire unrest}
  * “FindRest” by Annie Lawrence
  * “Nothing Holding me Back” by Bryan & Katie Torwalt
  * “Revive Me” by Christy Nockels
  * “Present over Perfect” by Shauna Niequist

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