I love this passage:
“For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”~Hebrews 4:10-16 (NKJV)
Whenever I’m on the roof of a tall building, and I stand on the edge, my fear of heights kicks in and I am too chicken to stay at the edge for very long. However, I can hike up a tall mountain and stand at the edge of a cliff, which is many times higher than any building, and I feel perfectly safe. I’m not exactly sure why this is. I guess it’s just a matter of perception.
Entering into God’s rest is like standing at the edge of a high cliff and being totally at peace…
Your life is in complete submission to Him. You’ve allowed His word to cut down to the deepest depths of your soul, and you’ve allowed Him to cut out all of your thoughts and intents of the heart that are contrary to what He says, and are contrary to who He is. You are not trying to hide from His “all seeing” eyes, and you live without fear of condemnation for when you will give Him an account for your life.
You trust Christ wholeheartedly as One who can always sympathize with your every weakness, and you know you can overcome any weakness because He has already made that possible. You see yourself without shame, and you know you can enter boldly into the throne room of God and receive from Him without any fear of rebuke.
Do you live like this?