Hebrews 4 talks about entering God’s rest; that the children of God can enter His rest by faith. Its amazing how many times i’ve heard multi gold medalist Steve Redgrave talk about the importance of being relaxed and having a laid back attitude towards competing at the highest level in world sports during the Olympics. Stress doesn’t help and doesn’t produce good fruit. I’ve heard athletes being criticised for one thing in the last week: not being relaxed enough during their race. The thing that marks Usain Bolt out above the rest of his competitors is his position of rest, before and even during his race. His body relaxes and rests in a position of total dominance. When you are naturally the fastest person on the planet you don’t have to strive to win! Being yourself is enough!
I’m so glad the Gospel is the natural state of Victory. It is the declaration that you’ve already won! How many comparisons have there already been about Jessica Ennis’ last 800m race and the Gospel? She had already won the gold in the Heptathlon but had one last race to go. This race became 2 emotional victory laps surrounded by an ecstatic crowd of witnesses shouting and crying her on to the finish line. You know Christ died for us and as us? He won for us and as us. Its as if Christ entered and ran every other race in the Heptathlon for Jessica Ennis, won them all and then set her up to run the last 800m as Champion with the knowledge she was already victorious. The last race becomes the victory march!
Winnie Banov is often quoted as saying “the saints were home before they started!”. Do you know you were forgiven before you were born? While we were dead in our sin Christ restored and seated us in Him (Col 2). We are seated in our destination and finishing line already- Christ. Religion says “work for me and i’ll bless you”, but Christ says “sit with me in the blessing.” Not just some, but every spiritual blessing possible! He has given us such an inheritance as Sons already, Heirs to the promise. We just need to open our eyes to the riches of it! When you realise you are a Son you don’t need to strive to achieve victory; you’re sat in it. Relax in Christ by faith. He achieved it all for you! There is so much rest in freedom. Freedom knowing that He poured out His life and gave you everything.
The orphan, not knowing his identity, tries to prove he has worth. So much striving and hard work goes into achieving greatness, proving he is someone. He runs around showing the world what he can accomplish and achieve and he builds a legacy to prove he has value. Orphans build Empires but the Kingdom of God comes through the Son. Adam ran away from his Father and endured a curse of hardship and labour. Jesus rested in His Father, His identity and His Father’s victory, even in death and established the Kingdom of God.
The Kingdom of God is like treasure hidden in a field. A man goes out and sells everything to buy the field. Christ poured himself out and gave up everything to purchase you, the treasure, cursed in the ground (Gen 3.17). He purchased you and gave you everything while you were still dead in your sin. God found you, the treasure, while you were covered in dirt, lost in the earth.There is so much rest in knowing your true value and identity; An Heir to the Promise- you’re His treasure! Have faith that being yourself is enough- He gave up everything for it.