4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God [did] from his. Hebrews 4:9&10 (Emphasis supplied).
I ended last week by saying the reason so many Christians have not entered God’s rest is because they have not ceased from their own works. Whenever I say this most often the response is very negative because it sounds so impractical. After all, doesn’t the Bible tell us in II Thessalonians 3:10-12 that if we don’t work we don’t deserve to eat and in James 2:18-20 that faith without works is dead; how then can we practically live without working?
The same one who wrote II Thessalonians and James tells us how we can practically live without working in Galatians 2:20 where He said:
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Emphasis supplied).
When we are crucified with Christ we cease from our labors and enter God’s rest because then we can say, nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. Being crucified with Jesus is the key to entering God’s rest. This is why Jesus said:
9:23 And he said to [them] all, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 9:24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. Luke 9:23&24 (Emphasis supplied).
The only way to enter into God’s rest is to lose your life for jesus’ sake daily. However, in order to do that we must believe and live by what Jesus said in Matthew 6:24, &31-33:
6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Emphasis supplied).
In these verses of scripture Jesus tells is how to practically live out what He says in Luke 9:23&24. Next week we are going to explore more fully what Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:24-34 and as we do we are going to come up with what I call: God’s formula for successful living.