DO NOT DESPISE THAT GREAT OPPORTUNITY!

Dearly Beloved,

“Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it” (Hebrews 4:1 NKJV).

Everyone who works aspires to rest after work. There is even an adage that says, “Rest is sweet after work.” God also desires that His people should have a rest after their toiling in life. Six hundred thousand men besides women and children of the Israelites left Egypt for the Promised Land (Exodus 12:37).

Unfortunately, only Caleb and Joshua made it to the Promised Land. The others (including Moses) could not enter this rest, but died in the desert because of disobedience (Numbers 32:11-12).

There are many kinds of rest referred to in Hebrews chapter 4: a) God’s rest after His creation of the world (verses 3-4); b) the rest of the Israelites after their forty-year wandering in the desert on their way to the Promised Land (verse 8); and c) the eternal rest with God in heaven (verses 1, 3, 5-7, 9-11). Of paramount to the discussion here is the third kind of rest.

The first and second kinds were types or illustrations of the third. This rest is a more spiritual and excellent one (that is reserved for the people of God) than that of the seventh day or that into which Joshua led the Israelites.

It is a rest of grace, comfort, holiness, and glory. It is a rest where the people of God will enjoy the end of their faith – the object of all their desires. However, there are prerequisites to entering this eternal rest – obedience and faith in God (verses 2, 6, 7, 11).

God promises that anyone who does not have these prerequisites will not enter His rest. The admonition of the writer to the Hebrews is that no one will fail to enter the rest by following the example of the disobedience of the generation of the Israelites that left Egypt.

God is expecting people to obey His living and active word that is sharper than any double-edged sword. He has given people the opportunity to come to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ, who now acts as the High Priest. Anyone who accepts Him as Saviour and Lord can approach the throne of grace with confidence.

God wants everyone to enter His rest. However, it depends on each person to make efforts to enter the rest. God is not partial. Only those who have faith in Him and obey His commands will enter His eternal rest.

Anyone that disobeys God will not enter His rest no matter the efforts such person makes. Do you want this rest at the end of your toils on earth? Do you want to enter God’s rest? Then, do not be a disobedient fellow.

Do not despise that great opportunity! Accept Jesus Christ into your life. Obey God’s words. You will enjoy His rest of grace here and the rest of glory hereafter. His eternal rest will be your portion in Jesus’ name. Amen.

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

 

Prayer Point: Pray that you will not despise the great opportunity of eternal rest of God by your act of disobedience.

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