Soul of the City

From Rev Enosa Auva'a's Desk 21st October 2022

Welcome, and greetings church family,

Labour Day commemorates the struggle for an eight-hour working day. New Zealand workers were among the first in the world to claim this right when, in 1840, the carpenter Samuel Parnell won an eight-hour day in Wellington. Labour Day was first celebrated in New Zealand on 28 October 1890, when several thousand trade union members and supporters attended parades in the main centres.

There is something in this Labour story that reminds me of God’s command to have a day of rest. We see this in the creation story in Genesis 1: 31 and 2:2-3 31

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. 1. Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. 2. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Rest is important to our spiritual walk with the Lord, and many Christians today don’t appreciate the value of rest or keeping the Sabbath day holy. Rest allows our mind, body, and soul to renew and start with even more strength and focus. Jesus himself knows our need for rest and issues this invitation in Mathew 11:28-30:

28. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Here is a snippet from Matt Capp a senior pastor of the Baptist Church that I found helpful to me in the issue of rest. The article is titled “The Need for Physical Rest (2013)”. The Bible is very clear that humans need rest, and interestingly enough, rest teaches us something about God.

Physical Rest is a Gift from God. God building in the need for rest in the lives of His creatures is a gift of grace. In Psalm 127, we read that God “gives to His beloved in his sleep.” The nights that I sleep well lead to mornings when I am most refreshed and days that I am most productive. Let’s face it; the anxieties of everyday life can wear us down to the point of physical and emotional fatigue. I am thankful that the infinite God granted this finite man the need for rest. In fact, it is impossible for a finite being like you and I to live well without rest.

Physical Rest reminds us that we are not God. Again, the psalmist proclaims that God will “neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:4). How different from us? We need rest. If we do not rest it has massive implications for our physical, emotional, and mental health. However, God does not need rest. Not only is God all-powerful (not needing rest), He is ever-watchful (watching us while we rest). For some of us it is a scary thing to consider that we lay down all control and consciousness when we sleep. The most powerful people in all of humanity spend a third of their lives asleep, as helpless as an infant, and the world still progresses. Simply put, we are not God.

Click the link The Gospel Project - The Gospel Project (lifeway.com) to read more from the article

More about rest click the link .Jesus and Rest: The Master’s Way of Refocusing | Life of a Steward

Happy Labour weekend!!!!!


Author: Rev Enosa Auva'a
Date Published: November 2022