I rushed back to my office, anxious to get started on a huge load of cases that were awaiting my diagnoses. I spent the entire day at a nearby surgicenter, performing frozen sections with an ENT surgeon who was excising a large skin cancer on a patient’s face. Most cases requiring frozen sections are over within an hour, this case began at 730 AM and continued until 5 PM. I was rendering rapid diagnoses on the margins of this skin tumor and each frozen section yielded a positive margin, requiring additional excisions.
I rolled my eyes and sighed as I entered the hospital laboratory, painfully anticipating a very long evening of work. When I left my office at the hospital that morning, I knew I had at least 5 hours of work and it was now 530 PM. Entering my office, I discovered my desk was emptied of cases. Confused, I sought out the secretaries but they had already left. I scanned the neighboring offices and spied one of my partners at his microscope.
“Hey, Paul! So you’re back! Long day of frozens, huh?”
I shook my head. “Too long!” I sighed. “Do you know what happened to all my cases? I had a ton of them this morning.”
“Don’t worry about them. We all divided your cases and took care of them.” Jake flashed his broad and endearing smile. “Go home, buddy! Rest!”
So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.
Hebrews 4:9-10 (ESV)
My colleagues had given me rest. I could relax and bask in the comfort of their work and I was very grateful for their generous and caring spirits. It reminded me of a greater rest, a spiritual rest that God gives us through His Son, Jesus Christ. No good works, no monetary donations to charity, no generous acts of compassion to others will ever gain our salvation and eternal life. All we need to do is confess and repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. There is nothing we can do to earn this salvation and there is nothing we can to do to add to it. It is finished. It is complete. And because of His sacrifice, we can rest in His work. No more self-help books. No more self-actualization seminars. No more spiritual gurus. We can rest.
Jesus did it all for us. There are no works we can do to add to His complete work of salvation on our behalf. In His last moments on the Cross, He triumphantly cried out, “It is finished!”
Let’s choose to rest in God’s loving grace and mercy through Jesus Christ!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.