Rest means replenishment. . .

In Matthew 11:28-29, Jesus says:

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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.”

I don’t know about you, but when I hear that — come to me if you’re weary, because I have rest, I’m ready to take him up on that. Because life is exhausting, and I’m tired. And if that’s all this was, that would still be an awesome gift. Something worth seeking. Rest in Jesus.

But then Tabitha Caplinger shared a quote on her Instagram Stories from pastor Joshua Brown. He said:

“It’s impossible to dream without being at rest.

Busyness is a sign you’ve stopped resting. If you’ve stopped resting, you’ve stopped dreaming. If you’ve stopped dreaming, you’ve lost purpose. The greatest lie we buy into is that the busier we are, the greater our purpose. The truth is, the busier we are, the further we run away from our purpose. Restore your rest and you’ll start dreaming again.”

And that Scripture from Matthew 11, which I’ve read and seen thousands of times, started to mean something even deeper. Even bigger. Because rest doesn’t just mean laying down on the couch for a moment of quiet or getting a good night’s sleep after a week or month from hell. It doesn’t just mean that peaceful divine moment in a field or on a mountaintop or in your own car.

Because Jesus is bigger than that. Rest means replenishment. Of physical and mental and spiritual energy, yes. But also of purpose. Because as soon as we stop working crazily on our own to-do list — as soon as we rest from our busyness — we can receive purpose and start hearing God’s to-do list for us instead.

Busyness is not productivity. And productivity comes after a good rest with Jesus so he can help us align to God’s will in our lives.

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