Monday, June 13, 2011
Abide in Christ
Do you ever feel like you spend so much time trying to be that wonderful Proverbs 31 wife that you lose sight of the big picture? After all, being a good wife entails so much. To paraphrase a bit, the Proverbs 31 wife works vigorously and eagerly, is up before sunrise providing food for her family and servant girls, she trades profitably and works into the night, she cares for the poor, makes and sells linen garments, speaks with wisdom and so on. In short, this amazing woman appears tireless in her ability to run a household and help her husband. I pray and strive to live such a life, but I almost get tired reading about it!
Studying this passage is inspirational, but there is also a lot in there to DO. And it's all important stuff, all things God would want of us as wives. In fact, it's so important and so godly that we are encouraged right there in Scripture to live this life. However, work is not all that there is to Christian life. I've been reading and praying my way through Matthew lately, and a passage I read last week really resonated with me, and reminded me once more that the Christian walk is not all about the work that we do but about the work that God does in us.
In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus tells us, "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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Abide in Christ. "Take my yoke.." It is so easy to get wrapped up in the checklists of godly attributes and even in the mundane lists of tasks to accomplish that we can lose sight of what it means to rest in Jesus. Too many Martha moments and not enough Mary. Yet, He is what my soul needs and what every empty place in my heart has ever yearned for. And finding that rest for my soul and experiencing it is what can move me to do all that God has created me for.
And so it is for all of us. In the craziness of our days, it is so important that we take those quiet moments to simply abide. Rest in Christ and learn from Him.
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