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A home for us

Most of us know how to work better than we know how to rest. By work I mean more than keeping a job. I mean striving, fighting, and dying to live the good life.

We break our backs trying to build a home for ourselves. We work through evenings and weekends and vacations because maybe the moment we relax the waves will crash and our house will collapse like a castle of sand.

We spend so much time trying to fix the circumstances around us that we neglect the conflict within. Maybe we will actually get it right on the outside. Maybe we will build our house high and wide and paint it white. Maybe we will plant a little garden and even grow our own fruits and veggies. And maybe we will still go to bed hungry.

Must we wait until our house is perfectly built before we realize our soul is broken? Must we kill ourselves to fill our fridge before we recognize our emptiness?

We can find fertile land to build on. We can choose fine materials to build with. We can pick certain people to build near. But unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. (Ps. 127:1)

What place are we building our hopes on? What skills are we building with? What people do we need to have near? It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones. (v. 2)

Our work was finished on the cross. Our home is built in Jesus. He prepares our place on earth and in heaven. Now we do not work for salvation, but we labor by the love that has been freely given. Now we do not strive for life, but we live by abiding in Christ. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matt. 11:28-29)

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