04 December 2012

The Weary Christian Must Rest Upon Christ

"Then Jesus said, "Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)
J.C. Philpot
The Lord's purpose in laying burdens upon us is to weary us out. We cannot learn our religion in any other way. We cannot learn it from the Bible, nor from the experience of others. It must be a personal work, wrought in the heart of each; and we must be brought, all of us, if ever we are to find rest in Christ, to be absolutely wearied out of sin and self, and to have no righteousness, goodness, or holiness of our own.

The effect, then, of all spiritual labor is to bring us to this point: to be weary of the world, for we feel it, for the most part, to be a valley of tears; to be weary of self, for it is our greatest plague; weary of professors, for we cannot see in them the grace of God, which alone we prize and value; weary of the profane, for their ungodly conversation only hurts our minds; weary of our bodies, for they are often full of sickness and pain, and always clogs to our soul; and weary of life, for we see the emptiness of those things which to most people make life so agreeable.

By this painful experience we come to this point: to be worn out and wearied; and there we must come, before we can rest entirely on Christ.

As long as we can rest in the world, we shall rest in it. As long as the things of time and sense can gratify us, we shall be gratified in them. As long as we can find anything pleasing in self, we shall be pleased with it. As long as anything visible and tangible can satisfy us, we shall be satisfied with them.

But when we get weary of all things visible, tangible, and sensible--weary of ourselves, and of all things here below--then we want to rest upon Christ, and Christ alone.

— J.C. Philpot, "The Laborer's Rest"

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4 comments:

  1. Love this, Erin. Thank you for posting it.

    It's comforting to me because this has been my life for the past year, and indeed it has had the effect mentioned.

    "But when we get weary of all things visible, tangible, and sensible--weary of ourselves, and of all things here below--then we want to rest upon Christ, and Christ alone."

    I'm still working on resting in Christ alone, but I think that will be a lifelong pursuit.

    Interestingly, I find myself grieving the loss of my long held view of life. How I thought that if I tried hard enough I could change or accomplish just about anything.

    That's a very American way of thinking, but I'm afraid it's not very Biblical. Thank God He cares enough to wean us off this world.

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  2. You hit the nail on the head in the middle of the blog - the world does exacerbate biblical Christians. If I may be so bold, I would say if someone is NOT being wearied by the world, then they have thrown in with the world and rejected the Cross. How ready are we for the Rapture!

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  3. We find it so easy to complain about our circumsatnces not realizing soon enough that we are being disciplined by our Father. A discipline that is necessary and characteristic of a true believer (Heb. 12:5-8). Even in the "valley of the shadow of death" His rod and staff are there to chasten and comfort. When the momentary chastening is over it is the sweet reminder that our God is faithful to His own, and He answers the cries of His children that renews our heart and mind to know afresh that we can do nothing without Him. Ultimately, He is more precious to us than ever before.

    There is a similar post at Lyn's blog (iamhis.blogspot.com) written by Matthew Mead---"the power of grace in weaning the heart from the world" posted Dec. 3

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  4. Great article EBenz~

    At first when I was saved, it was so easy. I fell so deeply in love with Jesus and wanted to be with him 24/7. I recon you could say I was brain dead to the world and it did cause a serious strain between me and my husband who became very jealous of Jesus.

    I had a very dramatic conversion much like RC Sproul had. For the first year or so Jesus was all I thought about, woke up to, sung to, imbibed the Scriptures to know MORE of, and stayed up late talking to-- I didn't want to go to sleep. I had been cleansed from all my sins and for the first time in my life my heart was so pure, clean and soaring High. Everything was brand new. I remember walking in the Stores right after I was saved and I was so light from being forgiven that I actually felt like I was floating around walking on air.

    Much like a marriage, after 16 years it wears off and takes effort. The ongoing nudge of the Holy Spirit prompts us with the truth to continue down the straight and narrow. It's NOT just for reasons of living a life of obedience-which we should, BUT because over and over we long for that sweet sublime fellowship with the LORD-that purity and wholeness or holiness. It takes effort because we go through many hardships that try us. But it's much sweeter and much deeper as God's WORD becomes our food our joy, our hope- very sustenance for LIFE.

    There's nothing better in this world. NOTHING! We long to see just a glimpse of God's glory again and again. Jesus is the glory of God and it is a life of intentional unremitting hunger that we desire to know Christ because HE is our source of living waters that quenches that thirst when we are in his very
    Philippians 4:8
    Jesus makes life more than worth living. He is with us through it all. Jesus makes even the dreaded things sweet.
    Pro 27:7 He who is full loathes honey, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.

    Yoke with Christ weary at heart~ Let HIM be your sole satisfaction... Take your eyes off this world.

    when we are weak -let GO and cling onto Christ. For God's POWER is made perfect in weakness...

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