“The inner essence of worship is experiencing Christ as more satisfying than everything you lose in death and everything you have in life.” —John Piper
At first glance this quote doesn’t appear to fit the subject of rest. Taken at face value it is about worship. But I contend that it has everything to do with rest!
When the “rubber meets the road,” our contentment in and with Christ is the most significant factor in our peace and rest.
Paul put it thusly, “…I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8, ESV). If we count the worries and cares, poverty and riches, troubles and triumphs, all as “rubbish,” then nothing that this world can hurl at us can take from us our rest.
What steps can we take to elevate our worship toward that kind of trust and abandon? How does trust lead to rest?
Blessings on your day! Tomorrow’s post will be a more detailed look at rest.