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Christ is our sabbath, Christ is our rest!

Christ is our sabbath, Christ is our rest!

by Toyosi Adegunle

Busyness and Sin have one thing in common - distraction, they both distract you from God. Ever gotten really busy to the point where you become frustrated at the fact that you have lost yourself to both the necessary and unnecessary workload that you are saddled with?

Life comes at us really fast. If you don't take charge and put control over work, hobbies, passion and a host of other seemingly good harmless commitments, you may lose sight and touch with times and seasons of your life that are very important. 

I once read a plan on YouVersion and the author termed this type of busy as ‘Crazy Busy’ - the type of busyness where you can’t exactly pinpoint the things that you are doing or maybe you can, but you are just always doing a lot and you eventually get so tired that you can’t focus on the things that truly matter.

First of all, rest

Yes, rest. I have been (and maybe I’m still) that person who believes somewhere in the corner of their heart that they have to work really hard, grind, hustle and put in a lot of work to succeed. There is a thin line between the need to work hard and the inability to trust God to make things work out for you. This is why you mostly do a lot of things and you lose sight of God’s abundance, peace, rest and even miss out on the life God wants for you to live because you are operating in a world and space of busyness where you are easily distracted.

Busyness is a cycle of life without peace and rest - no time to yourself, no time to fellowship, no time to really live the life God has planned for you because you're invested in a lot of other things. You need to embrace rest and choose your battles wisely. Battles here don't equate to war or disorder, it simply means choosing the things that you can handle at a time. 

There was a period in my life where I took on lots of jobs, accepted to help people with things that were not exactly convenient for me, things that had the potential to land me in trouble all because I was trying to help, get my bills paid and feel like I'm doing something. Seek God before making decisions in your life - pray before accepting any ‘help’ or job offer, before joining that team, before pursuing that hobby. It doesn't mean that these things are not good in themselves, it just really may not be what God wants for you at that period. 

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28-30‬ ‭(NKJV‬‬) “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Rest in the power, abundance and sustenance of God. He is more than able to take care of you and your needs. The reality of your life at this moment may not match this declaration but it is the truth I need you to take away after reading this. God is capable of carrying you on his shoulders for as long as you can think of. Don't do anything out of fear or pressure because you feel like you will not be relevant or successful if you don’t. 

‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ (‭NKJV‬‬) “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Break Busy

Pray, seek God, declutter your life and bring yourself out of everything that you shouldn't be involved in. Make space for the things that God has called you to, the life God has set for you, the plans that God has for you. This is not a call to be complacent with work or life but a call to:

  • ascertain the things that God would have you do per time and not dabble in a host of unnecessary things for you
  • learn to rely on God and not your understanding, works, abilities and wisdom.

As you consider breaking busy in your life, and stop saying yes to everything and everyone, and start asking God for direction on everything you set out to do in life, you will experience peace, rest and find it easier to navigate life. 

Have you ever been crazy busy at some point in your life? How did you break it? 

Share your responses with us in the comment section! Thank you for reading ✨


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