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Noun-Sense

March 12, 2012

I found this in my personal writing archives from back in the day:

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt.11:28).

Do you remember learning about nouns in elementary school?  Ok, some of you are still wondering what nouns are and why we have to learn such things.  Nouns are words that represent a person, place, or thing.

When we are called by Jesus, we are called to a noun.  We are called to Person.  He calls us to Himself and promises that we can find rest in Him and Him alone.  Unfortunately, our “noun-sense” can turn to “non-sense,” because we often try to find rest in a place or a thing rather than the person of Jesus Christ.

Be careful that you don’t seek rest in the wrong kind of noun.  Have you ever made this error?  Have you ever sought rest in a place instead of the person (Jesus)?  We think, “If I can only make so much money, have the right job, get healthy, graduate, or meet the right person, then I would have rest.”  The only problem is that rest never comes from a place.  When we reach one place, we find it usually yields less than what we hoped, and the cycle of dreaming about a new place begins.

It is not uncommon for us to look to things for rest.  We might say, “I find so much comfort in my pastor, church, friends, and possessions; they give me rest.”  This rest will not last.  At best, they offer temporary respite.  Also, things lose their luster (isn’t the word “lust-er” very interesting) and face in value.  Life will find a way to make you weary very soon again.

Jesus says, “Come to Me …. I will give you rest.”  We find this rest only when we find ourselves satisfied in Jesus alone.  Our hearts are simplified in this moment, so that we can pursue one object and peel away our lustfulness that torments us.  The words of the hymn, and now modern worship song, say:

Jesus I am resting, resting in the joy of what Thou art.  I am finding out the greatness of Thy loving heart.  Thou has bid my gaze upon Thee, and Thy beauty fills my soul.

You will find rest in the grace of Jesus.  Rest in His acceptance of you.  This rest will end your compulsive and frantic attempts to find some place or thing that will satisfy your need to be valuable.  You will rest in the value placed upon your life by the love of God shown through Jesus.

Try this for a moment.  Stop what you are doing.  Think of the things and places in which you seek rest, and let their frozen grip on your heart melt away.  Now, just be still in Christ, and know that He is enough.

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