Get­ting the Best Re­sults

Activated - - NEWS - By Maria Fon­taine, adapted Maria Fon­taine and her hus­band, Peter Am­s­ter­dam, are di­rec­tors of the Fam­ily In­ter­na­tional, a Chris­tian com­mu­nity of faith.

When you have so much to do, slow­ing things down and tak­ing time to med­i­tate, get­ting your mind off the work at hand and onto Je­sus could be the last thing you feel like do­ing. Even if you try, you may find that “rest­ing in Je­sus” is of­ten eas­ier said than done. Yet He tells us, “Come to Me, all you who la­bor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. … Learn from Me, for I am gen­tle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

1 So how ex­actly do you “rest in Je­sus”? It means trust­ing that once you have asked Him to pro­vide so­lu­tions to your prob­lems or to help you with the work at hand, He will do just that. It means trust­ing that He will show you what you can do to help the sit­u­a­tion, that He will em­power you to do your part, and that He will do what you can’t. It means step­ping back from your prob­lems or work, shut­ting out the world around you, and let­ting your spirit be strength­ened through com­mu­nion with Him.

In short, rest­ing in Je­sus means turn­ing mat­ters over to Him and then trust­ing Him for the out­come. If we want to get the best re­sults, our time with Je­sus in prayer and com­mu­ni­ca­tion with Him can’t just be quick and su­per­fi­cial, squeezed in while our mind is still full of the busi­ness of the day. We have to take time to connect with Him, share our heart with Him, and let Him clear our mind and soothe our spirit.

Your time with Je­sus is re­ally the most im­por­tant part of the day. If you get in the habit of giv­ing it pri­or­ity, His pres­ence will linger with you all day to guide and help you.

The Bi­ble says, “Let us, there­fore, make ev­ery ef­fort to en­ter into that rest.” That sounds a lit­tle con­trary—mak­ing

2 an ef­fort to rest—but it takes ef­fort to pull back. The con­cept of rest­ing in Je­sus isn’t com­pli­cated, but ac­tu­ally do­ing it—leav­ing your old way of op­er­at­ing be­hind—takes work, and it can be dif­fi­cult at first. But once you get the hang of it, it will save you so much time and ef­fort and stress and strain that you’ll won­der how you ever did with­out it.

1. Matthew 11:28–29

2. He­brews 4:11 NIV

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