Key Takeaway – To live a life that is honoring to God requires a person to rest well. To rest well is to live well. Rest is as necessary as work if you want a satisfied life. It is so important, that our work will be diminished without a sound theology and practice of rest.
Rest is not something that is separate from doing, doing, doing. It is an integral part of what it means to work well. You cannot work well if you do not rest well and you cannot rest well if you do not work well.
If you work without rest, you will burnout. If you rest without work you will become slothful. To work and rest well makes a person complete. It is a beautiful dichotomy of wholeness—two components of the satisfied life.
Work hard – Play hard
In the auto industry it is generally understood you do not buy a car that was built on a Monday or a Friday. Why? A car built on Monday, as the theory goes, was built by people who were recovering from their weekend. A car built on Friday was built by people who mentally checked out, while looking forward to the weekend.
Our culture’s view of rest can be summed up in the term, “living for the weekend” where the average worker works hard during the week and plays hard on the weekend.
The end result is a lack of enjoyment of work and rest because of a misunderstanding of the inter-relatedness and co-dependency of the two. The effect on the soul of this kind of person is incremental discontentment, which motivates him to try harder to be fulfilled–a pursuit that will never satisfy, though he may go to inexhaustible lengths to fill the God-shaped void in his life.
This weekend theology of rest is the theology of hedonism. In their view, work becomes the necessary evil that finances self-seeking pleasure. Work is the means to the end rather than a component part of a world view that should be bent to enjoy and glorify God in all things (Matthew 6:33; 1 Corinthians 10:31).
This work hard/play hard hermeneutic is a disjointed view of life that spawns perpetual dysfunction. There is ingrown-ness to this kind of thinking that uses people,...Read