“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28)
If you speak to a man of God who has been in His service for a lengthy period of time, or read any number of books written long ago by men who died in His service, you will eventually come to the knowledge that, at least in the lives of what is called the “common Christian,” these men had little rest.
To be called and chosen by the Almighty is to be used by the Almighty, yet most do not desire to be used fully. Not because they have any real love for the world and its ways, but because of what could best be termed as prior obligations. Family, employment, goals set they hope to achieve. It is not a lack of love for the Lord Jesus Christ as much as it is wanting to hold onto what they already possess.
“My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.” (James 3:1)
When I stepped out of that vehicle that day on the road and yelled up at the sky “Use me,” I was perhaps at the zenith of my frustration level. I had come to the realization of the truth of 2nd Peter 3:10, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” That all my efforts, my accolades and certificates of accomplishments, every single thing that I had achieved was of no value whatsoever.
My mind from that point began to be transformed in ways I could never expect. Colossians 1:9b was constantly in my head. “that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;” The prayer of Solomon became mine, “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart” (1st Kings 3:9a) I asked the Lord to reveal to me John 17:17, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
And on that day, and nearly everyday since I have prayed for wisdom.
There is little rest in the life of one who seeks the face of God, who desires to see Him exalted above the heavens, who needs to understand the mind of Christ. And I have been shown something else, and please do not misconstrue these words, but God does not care how much it hurts.
There will be frustrations that cannot be reconciled, deal with it.
There will be pains of the flesh that will try to break you. Live with them.
There will be great anger with the wicked, evil, brute beasts of this world who live only for their own vainglory. Love them.
“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:8)
He who does not slumber will let you sleep, and it is usually a restful sleep, all things considered, but the moment you awake, it is time to go to work.
The lie of Satan is that there is no rest for the wicked, the wicked do not have an eternal conscience, their heart of stone knows nothing of true love and devotion, yet in the life to come they will never experience even one moment of rest. The work for the man of God is nonstop, it must be, for the wicked surround us, and the armor we wear can at times become quite heavy. The lost are still out there, and men of God do not wait to do what all who have been born-again are to do, seek for them.
I do not work to feed the fire of the fervent heat that is approaching any longer, I am diligent as much as in me to maintain that which my lovely wife and I have been blessed with, but my wants cannot be found in this world, and all our needs are, as promised, provided for.
I have also been shown this, there is a peace that can be in your life even if there is little rest.
“Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.” (John 21:22)
We do not take many breaks, there are no vacation days, sick days are to be used for contemplation and studying, there are no days off.
Consider all this before you ask to be used for His glory.