Rest in the Work God’s Doing in You
- Date: July 22, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” (Psalms 127:1)
- From Built By God
We want to talk about resting in the work that God's doing in your life and being able to come to that rest. I'm not even going to talk as much about the co-laboring part. We may talk about that later, but it's to rest in the confidence: "I'm God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus." There will be good works that come from that creation and that workmanship. It's a daily process.
One thing about things that are built by God is they are built to last. They're built "Ford tough." Here we are, and God is promising to do this great work in us. Psalms 127, verse 1, is a very familiar passage to all of us. "Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain." It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to worry about things, or to contribute with your own strength, unless you've been sent, and unless you're working with the Lord and for the Lord. So much of what we do, beloved, is of our own vision, of our own strength. It's vain for you, the Holy Spirit says, for He gives His beloved rest. Is there a rest in your life, in the work that God is doing in you, or is there still anxiousness? "I've got to do more. What is it that God has for me next? Was God pleased with this?" He's building the house.
1 Corinthians, Chapter 3 and Chapter 6, talks about the temple of God. We are the temple of the Holy Ghost. We are individually the temple, and we are corporately the temple. We'll see what God has to say about that temple of His and what He expects of us. But it's vain to rise up early, to stay up late, and to worry over what God's doing. He's doing the work. What are you worried about? What are you going to contribute to what is already finished from His eternal perspective? What are you going to contribute to what's already finished? We talked about the need to co-labor. We read the verse earlier. Yes, there is an involvement. There is an expectation of obedience. There are choices that have to be made, but it's He that's working in us, and if He doesn't build the house, they labor in vain that build it. So we rest. We're taking one perspective of this which is to rest in what God is doing. Don't get anxious in what sometimes seems to be drudgery. "Lord, am I ever going to be free in this particular area? When, Lord, am I going to experience that anointing and that power that You've promised through the Holy Ghost? Father, what about the rest that comes from forsaking all and following You, that ability to rest in my choice to follow someone who has no place to lay His head?" If the Lord doesn't build the house, they labor in vain.