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Americans Are Tired…

01.29.17 | by Ray Jones

    Americans Are Tired…

    Most of the week according to a study conducted by YouGov. If you feel like a slave to your alarm clock, you are not alone. Only one out of seven Americans said they wake up feeling fresh every day of the week. Even 45 percent of those who reported getting between 7-8 hours of sleep nightly, stated that they wake feeling tired and fatigued at least three times a week. Those who got only 6 or less hours are the most tired; 54 percent are tired 4 or more days a week.

    The fact is, Americans are just tired. And much of it is of our own doing of course. This land of opportunity is also the land of fatigue. With the many things that pull at us, it’s hard to stay balanced, and one of the first things we sacrifice is… rest! Even Jesus knew the importance of rest. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.” (Mark 6:31) But sometimes our attempts at rest end up resembling work. Americans and even American Christians have bought into the idea that they and their families must “taste” everything, go everywhere, see everything and do everything… and much of it is motivated by the subtle message of the age, that implies and markets the idea that if we don’t we are going to miss something or life is going to pass us by on some level.

    Fatigue and exhaustion are not the only consequence. In our busy and often unbalanced lives, we wear ourselves out in the pursuit of things that will not last and are not eternally significant. Just as Jesus emphasized the importance of rest, He also emphasized the stewardship of our energy for the things of God… to His followers He said, “We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.” (John 9:4) And to His disciples in the garden, He said… “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come...” (Mark 14:41)

    I am not sure we can completely escape fatigue, nor am I convinced that we can master balanced living with perfection. But I do believe that we can order our lives with the priorities of the Kingdom. I do believe that scripture teaches us how to do that and I believe that the Spirit of God directs those who listen and follow His agenda. That is at heart of stewardship, and in the stewardship of our lives, we can find His supernatural rest just as He said, in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

    Next Sunday is… Prove the Tithe Sunday. This is not an extra offering; I am just asking all of us to tithe on that Sunday. We’ve been doing that for the past couple of years and it reveals the power of testing God in an area He has granted us permission to do so… and subsequently promised to bless by opening the “floodgates” of heaven on your behalf. Let’s do it like always!!! By the way, if you’ve never tithed your income, that is, obeyed scripture and given 1/10th of your income back to God… this is the perfect day to test God… Do you want His provision? Do you want His promise?... obedience is the pathway… Go read Malachi chapter 3:6-12. As always, I love you and I love special days at Ridgecrest where we demonstrate our faith in our response to God’s Word.

    Next Sunday is… Super Sunday as well. I hope you’ll join us for a special evening. Our service will begin at 5:00 PM and will conclude at 5:30 PM--- yes, that’s not a typo. At 5:30 we’ll move to our newly refurbished fellowship hall and enjoy an evening of great fellowship, plenty of soup, chili and desserts, trivia and special giveaways and oh yeah we’ll tune in the Super Bowl on the 100” High Definition Screen. Fellowship, Food, and Football--- what a great combination!

    And Remember, God is always trying to take us someplace new. I love being your Pastor and I look forward to sharing another message from God with your today!

    For God’s Glory Alone,

    Bro. Ray