Monday, November 9, 2009

Sabbathless Christianity

This is often our invitation: "Come to Jesus and get to work."

This is Jesus' invitation: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

Now, Jesus did call us to be fishers of men. And fishing can be hard work. There's a lot of preparation involved, a lot of considering of the conditions, constant positioning, setting the right lures or casting the net just right. But a lot of fishing is also just sitting there. Sometimes fishing just looks like doing nothin'.

If you'll forgive the plug, this is why the last words of my book Abide: Practicing the Rhythms of the Kingdom in a Consumer Culture (coming 2010 from Threads Media), following pages of material on spiritual disciplines, are "So relax." I'd kick myself if I just contributed one more work to the mass of work on discipleship that amounts to so much Christian busywork.

Sometimes the best thing you can do for Jesus is nothing -- because he doesn't need anything -- and most times the best thing you can be for him is still.

Be still, and know that I am God . . .
-- Psalm 46:10a


Nathan said...

I do like that title!


Courtney said...

hmm sounds nice rest...

Randi Jo :) said...

amen to that! we're reading your Jesus is too safe right now (still)... it's so much to process for us so we are going through it REAAALLLLY slow but we are loving it! Look forward to this one too - maybe we'll be done with Too Safe by the time the new one comes out! ha! :)