“And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it…” Gen 2:2-3
On the seventh day God rested in the completion of His work. The Sabbath was not the source of rest for God, He was the source of rest for the Sabbath! So then the Sabbath became Holy when He rested upon it. True Holiness comes when we walk in the reality of Jesus’s finished work. As Hebrews 10:14 says, “For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” It is in that place of total surrender that we cease from our own works and the Father’s works are made manifest in us. Holiness is not to “be seperate” it is to be complete in Him. As Christ said, “you are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. “Abide in Me,, and I in you. As the branch cannot bare fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.
You will never overcome your sin, sickness or fear unless you abide. You will never bare fruits worthy of repentance unless you abide. You will continue in cycles of failure unless you abide. Your strength is not enough to conquer sin. You must deny yourself pick up the cross and follow Him. The kingdom is revealed through surrender. As Jesus said, “The kingdom is like a treasure in a field, which a man found and hid; who sells all he has to buy the field.” Are you willing to surrender it all to Him. Lay down your self righteousness and He will pour out His grace upon your humility.
Picture this with in your heart. As the dove in flight above the Noah’s ark looking for a place to land, so is it with the Father looking to create in our own hearts a sanctuary for Himself, a place where He might rest. As our Savior spoke in John’s gospel, “if anyone loves Me, he will keep my word; and my Father will love Him, and we will come to Him and make our home with Him.”