Thursday, September 17, 2009

Be quiet, rest...

(Text first posted 9/18/06)

And what was said to the rose
To make it unfold
Was said to me here in my chest
So be quiet now
And rest

David Crowder Band - "Here is Our King"

I love the way the poetry in this song expresses the way the Living Word of God works in and through us. It isn't through hard labor and striving that a bud opens up to reveal what was inside all along.

We often underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit and God's grace working in us and others. We try to coerce ourselves and others into "working for God" to make the church grow and be healthy and thriving.

The book of Hebrews talks about a "rest" for God's people and we're told to be diligent to enter that rest. Jesus said that if we abide in Him, and His words in us, we will bear fruit. A branch doesn't labor or struggle or strive to produce fruit. The power of the Living God which flows from the Vine to the abiding (resting) branch, produces fruit. It's the only fruit that is truly spiritual, that is truly produced by God Himself.

So be quiet now, and rest...


  1. This was very encouraging...just need to try or to do...

    It's such a relief to find out real Christianity is so relaxing instead of so taxing...

  2. Yes! Just rest. I like that - "so relaxing instead of taxing." :)