Hebrews 4:3 For we who have believed do enter that rest…
Naturally speaking, when we rest, we don’t work. So what does working out of rest mean? Well, let me explain what I have learned over the last few years.
When I first arrived in Hong Kong and started preaching, I would prepare so diligently for all my sermons. I spent one to two days fine-tuning my points and made sure that everything was just right. I would search out for the best word and then diligently search for images and illustrations for the presentations and do everything to ensure the message would be understood by the Chinese culture. I would then spend a day or so going over that message to ensure I said it just right. You see, I thought to myself, “Everything was dependent on me to ensure the people would understand the messages”.
But when I preached, I would come home wondering and even worrying did they get it?
Then, God began to speak to me. He said, “Son, your preaching is not out of rest. It is out of your effort.” What He said next changed my life, not just in the area of preaching, but also in every other area, and I pray that it will bless you too. He said, “Prepare everything you need to. But when you stand in front of the people, it is My Spirit and My Anointing that does the work within the people”.
Yes, there must be preparation, whether it is your sermon or sales presentation. I am not telling you to be lazy and just do nothing. You need to prepare, but don’t depend on your preparation. Just trust God and tell yourself that whenever you are in front of other people – God is the One who will bring the breakthrough, He will bring the increase, He will bring the revelation and healing, the peace and everything it is that the people need. Don’t be stressed out and lose your rest by thinking, “I must know everything! I must remember everything and do everything!”
No, believe God and be at rest. Trust God’s anointing to be your breakthrough! Trust God to bring you increase! Trusting God is resting in God!
When you live life like that — trusting God and resting in His love, you become so much more effective. Others will see it and whatever you do will prosper and that’s going to eventually come back to you too!