While in Nigeria, we were blessed to be with many pastors and church leaders, engaging in theological discussions and debates about the theology of work and the role of the Church in discipling its members to do work as an act of worship. We spent this last week working with an excellent team of trainers, who will help carry this work forward in Kaduna, Jos, and Abuja, as well as other parts of Nigeria.
Dr. Gaga led in devotions regarding rest and, as I have felt a deeper weariness of late, I listened to this reminder with eager ears. He spoke some truths that went deep into my soul.
First, he pointed out that God made man on the sixth day and then rested on the seventh day - something we all know - but he pointed out that man started by resting. He said that we don't rest FROM work - rather, we rest in order to do the work. He further pointed out that when we work without resting and listening, we may well work in vain.
It fits into what we teach in that Sunday is the first day of the week, rather than the end of the week. Resting and listening in order to work, rather than resting as a result of the work. It's a subtle but important shift.
I hope you are resting today to be able to do your work tomorrow. And when you do your work, may you do it as an act of worship unto the Lord!