Sabbath Re-creation

Ben Van Arragon

Read: Hebrews 4:1-11

So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. (v. 9)

The novel A Man Called Ove is about a person without purpose. Ove spent his working life proving himself to employers and coworkers, and then creating a happy home for his wife. Now Ove is retired, and his wife is gone. The work is done. Without work, Ove has nothing left to live for.

Since our fall into sin, humanity’s driving motivation is survival. Instinctively, we know that if we stop working, we die. But when we have the means to cease our labors, the impulse to work persists. We want to do things. We want to be productive. We want to create. Throughout the Bible, God promises his people eternal rest. This promise may not appeal to someone who has been forced into unemployment, or has chafed at retirement. But God’s rest is not forced inactivity. God’s rest is redeemed activity. The rest for which our souls long is a return to God’s “Sabbath” rest. That is, the activity of taking what God has already made, and giving it shape and order and beauty. God invites his people to imagine life free not of work, but of death.

Our imagination becomes reality when God takes on human flesh, dies the death we deserve, and leads us into new life. Through Jesus we receive Sabbath rest now; and we experience a foretaste of the work of re-creation we will enjoy in eternity. —Ben Van Arragon

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for redeeming my work and rest, and giving me a place in your eternal Sabbath.