For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.–Romans 8:38-39

TGIF – “Thank God It’s Finished”

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Sometimes, at the end of a busy week, I feel a bit deflated when thinking about all the items on my checklist that were still left undone. As I’ve thought about the busy-ness of each week, and the tasks at hand, I’ve been reflecting on the fact that even while daily tasks get pushed aside for another day, and rest seems a distant, almost impossible goal, my true rest began when I trusted in Christ.

I may not finish all that I’ve planned for the day or the week, but our heavenly Father’s work was finished from the creation of the world. He never sleeps or slumbers, yet He is at rest.

For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did;
but the message they heard was of no value to them,
because those who heard did not combine it with faith.
Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,
“So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’”
And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world.
For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words:
“And on the seventh day God rested from all his work.”
Hebrews 4:2-4

Make no mistake, our bodies need rest! But the real rest I need is often not physical. The rest I need is one of resting in Christ, renewing my heart with the Word of Life. As Pastor John Piper has said, “The human heart does not replenish itself with sleep. The body does, but not the heart….We replenish our hearts not with sleep, but with the Word of God and prayer.” (quoted in Shopping for Time).

So, for this weekend, get some real rest! That’s my plan and I pray it’s yours too.

Author: Kristie

Kristie is a pastor's wife, mom, Bible teacher, and author of His Testimonies, My Heritage: Women of Color on the Word of God, which will be released in September. She currently serves as the Associate Director of Women's Workshops for the Charles Simeon Trust, helping to equip women Bible teachers. She joyfully supports her husband of almost 28 years, Thabiti, as he pastors Anacostia River Church in Washington, DC. They have 3 children. She has written contributions to the ESV Women's Devotional Bible; Word-Filled Women's Ministry: Loving and Serving the Church; Women on Life: A Call to Love the Unborn, Unloved and Neglected; and Hospitality Matters: Reviving an Ancient Practice for Modern Missions. Her work can also be found at The Front Porch, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Christianity Today, and Revive Our Hearts. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@kanyabwile).

One thought on “TGIF – “Thank God It’s Finished”

  1. deep sigh…
    thank you.

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