PERFECT REST

PERFECT REST

Is. 60:19-20 “The sun shall no longer be your light by day,
Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you;
But the LORD will be to you an everlasting light,
And your God your glory. Your sun shall no longer go down,
Nor shall your moon withdraw itself;
For the LORD will be your everlasting light,
And the days of your mourning shall be ended.

Have you ever worked really hard, past what you thought you were capable of? I can remember many times during my tree-planting days when I pushed myself beyond where I thought I could actually go. This work included climbing steep mountain slopes, very cold and wet weather conditions, and climbing over piles of slash. There were times that I just wanted to quit but somehow I kept going. I remember many nights falling into my sleeping bag so tired, thinking I could never get up and do it again the next day. The thought that I was working to support our ministry was the only thing that kept me keeping on. Spurgeon spoke of being weary in the work but not weary of the work, check this out.

“How different will be the state of the believer in heaven from what it is here! Here he is born to toil and suffer weariness, but in the land of the immortal, fatigue is never known. Anxious to serve his Master, he finds his strength unequal to his zeal: his constant cry is, ‘Help me to serve thee, O my God’. If he be thoroughly active, he will have much labour; not too much for his will, but more than enough for his power, so that he will cry out, I am not wearied of the labour, but I am wearied in it. Ah! Christian, the hot day of weariness lasts not for ever; the sun is nearing the horizon; it shall rise again with a brighter day than thou hast ever seen upon a land where they serve God day and night, and yet rest from their labors. Here, rest is but partial, there, it is perfect. Here, the Christian is always unsettled; he feels that he has not yet attained.”

I can remember on one of the more difficult days on the mountain slopes that I had an impression of heaven. This was very real, not a dream because I was working, but a visual impression that was quite detailed. I remember seeing many of my christian friends and pastors there and I remember a sense of peace and joy that was quite different from anything I had ever experienced before that time. I had been going through a time of depression which was effecting not only my attitude, but also my performance. This vision actually imparted spiritual strength into me so that I could continue my work with joy. Heaven is a real place. It will be our permanent eternal home. I have to say with Spurgeon, I may be tired in the work sometimes, but I am not tired of the work.

4 Replies to “PERFECT REST”

  1. Amen,amen, and amen.
    The spirit will and the flesh weak, it is the story of man’s existence, and yet we are people of the spirit.. I also can remember days when pressed beyond my physical abilities, there was another deeper strength that carried me on. Our strength comes from the One who loves us and His joy causes us to go deeper still. How could we get tired of that? 🙂
    Such a Life (that of the Vine) that flows from heaven’s own Heart can so permeate us that even work of the Holy Spirit begins to manifest even in our flesh:
    2Co 4:11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

  2. Thank you, LORD. Amen Pastor Frank, thanks for your blog, sets me on fire, His STRENGH and HELP keeps us going and not stop.Thank you Holy Spirit. I know sometimes when I get weak and say stupid things about quitting or not going to do the work I’m suppose to do, He tells me get up and go. He is good at convicting people, ha. You are not a quitter in me, I am going to make you something stay with me. Like last night I wanted to make it to Church service, but didn’t make it because wife came home to late. So I was kind of aggravated and upset because I missed service, and all my wife and Daughter could say was its only Church a NEW PART OF MY LiFE thank you LORD. Made me furious, but I felt the Spirit fall on me and said Kevin go to bed. So I did and woke up today, getting in my Bible after I finish texting this little blog to you and spend some time with my Dad. Listening to the Spirit keeps me safe and makes me stronger on the things I should and should not do. He is All LOVE. All the nine fruits of the Spirit and I will follow. I will not quit and can’t quit, because I love Him. Sometimes I wonder why these things interfere with our life. Only He knows. Life has its ups and downs. I will fight the good fight like Paul. He also told me last night look where you are, how did you get where you are now? I laughed, and I told Him you Dad. He said dont get upset I’m working with them just like I am doing with you. What an AWESOME FATHER WE SERVE, AND HAVE. GOOS DAY WITH LOTS OF LOVE…:):):) AFTER ALL I AM A TREE PLANTED IN HIS SOIL GROWING LARGER AND LARGER IN HIM DAILY. 🙂

  3. Spurgeon’s words of “here, rest is but partial, there, it is perfect. Here the christian is always unsettled; he feels that he has not yet attained.” My life can relate to these words, and your rememberance of your “visit” to heaven, reminded me of my dream of visiting heaven. Like you described, peace & joy was like oxygen, not like the one we breathe daily, but pure and if possible concentrated, everything was very intense to my senses, it’s hard to find the correct words to describe, because it was such an overload from anything I had ever experienced. It was peace, joy, love, giddiness, satisfaction, relief, rest all at the same time, & the amazing thing that I remember IT WAS CONSTANT, not fleeting,I remember thinking in my dream, this is far better than my mind imagined it would be. Something I really look forward to getting use to. Let’s all keep working, we’ve only got this one lifetime, and if we put our Father’s business first, He will bless us in this life, and reward us in the life to come.

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