“There remains, then a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.” Hebrews 4:10-11 NIV
Why is striking a balance between work and rest hard to do? It seems there are so few people who can master this balance well. One person who nailed it, and has helped countless others do the same was Mary Kay Ash.
Our society calls people like her “self-made”, but I don’t think that’s how she would describe herself. Mary Kay’s life motto was ‘God First, Family Second and Career Third’. It remains the motto of her abundantly successful cosmetic company to this day.
When discussing the verse above, The Voice Bible Translation notes that, “By letting go of daily work, they declared their absolute dependence on God to meet their needs.”1 May Kay Ash was a single mom by divorce and widowhood when she started her company. Instead of trying to do it all on her own, she emphatically stated her absolute dependence on God.
Last week we talked about living a life that’s worth following and Mary Kay fits the bill! Let’s follow her lead and let the verses below strengthen our resolve for complete dependence on God to meet ALL of our needs.
Philippians 4:19 “And this same God who takes care of me will supply ALL your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus” NLT
2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is ABLE to bless you abundantly, so that in ALL things at all times, having ALL that you need, you will abound in EVERY good work.” NIV
Father…I thank-you that I can rest because You will take care of me! Help me to live in absolute dependence on Your provision. In Jesus name, Amen
1 The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved.