The Linchpin

Christ is the Cornerstone of the church.

Our day of rest is the linchpin of our ministry to him.  If we try and work and serve him seven days a week, we will find out very quickly just how weak our supposed strength really is.

We are absolutely dependent on Christ and his ministry in and through us during this limited time we have on terra firma, and this dependency is best realized and appreciated when we take regular time to stop and wait on him.

Don’t get me wrong.

Hard work is valuable and essential to a successful and prosperous life.

Even our spiritual ministries demand strict discipline and great effort.

It is for these very reasons that periodic seasons of rest are indispensable.

Our bodies, minds, and spirits are finely tuned creations that must not be driven like pack mules.

They must be nurtured, cherished, and regularly maintained, if they are to last on this arduous trek to our homeland.

When we rest, we don’t stop living.  

We continue to eat, sleep, take walks, read the Bible, pray, watch television, and check our email—like Marvin Zindler used to say to close the news, “Whatever makes you happy!”

Maybe that is it; we need to take time to be happy.

Many times in life, our job is to make someone else happy, like our boss, our spouse, our friends, or our children. We must serve and fulfill our responsibilities in this life. However, if we don’t take time to be happy ourselves, we will ultimately fail in all of our other missions in life.

When we take time to stop and rest and wait on the Lord, we make God happy.

And when he is happy, all will be well with us!

~ Brad Heilhecker