Sis, Rest in Death
And I heard a voice from heaven saying write this, blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. Blessed indeed, says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors for their deeds follow them.
You ever hear the saying you can rest when you're dead? Well, it's true. You will find rest if you are in Christ, and the laborious deeds that you have performed for the Lord will be proof of having lived and worked for the kingdom of God. When we read the term rest, we need to understand that it is more than just getting a break from the hard labor. Resting, when it comes to the biblical term, meant to cause or permit one to cease from any movement or labor in order to recover and collect one’s strength. It also means to keep quiet in calm and patient expectation. The point being, we are able to rest in such peace because we know that we have been laboring for God. We have been engaged in His mission and fighting against the temptation of sin which threatens to pull us away from the duty that has been assigned to us.
Let's rate our deeds. Of course, there are undoubtedly bad deeds. That would be the misdeeds we perform with a sinful heart that have negative impacts in our lives, like letting envy or jealousy direct the choices we make and the way we interact with others. Good would be what we do with a God pleasing, focused heart. I advise you to truly search yourself to find out which deed performer you are. I believe that we carryout good deeds more consistently when we are fully committed to the life and works of Christ. Our deeds are linked to the purpose and commission of the gospel that we do our best to abide by. When we use the gifts and talents God has bestowed upon us to continue in our purpose, we prepare our hearts for the blessedness that is to come. Although our bodies and minds may grow weary of fighting the good fight, we can find assurance in the promise of getting that godly rest that our souls crave. Labor for Christ, sis, and run this earthly race with a godly determination. In fact, beat your flesh and make it submit to the authority of God, so that after your gifts and talents have reached out to others through purpose, you are qualified for the ultimate prize. A peaceful rest. Get P.R.E.T.T.Y beat up in this here thang called purpose!