By: Robert C. Oliver Contributing columnist
September 19, 2013
A. Old saying, “no rest for the weary”.
1. Some times it does seem that as soon as we complete one job, another is waiting in the foyer.
2. Those who are busy, seem to be the one’s everyone call on for help.
B. Yet, work is good and so is rest.
1. A hard days work will make one feel good, though tired.
2. But, what a blessing that bed is after a hard days work.
3. Ecc. 5:12—“The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much”.
C. There is indeed work to be done, but “yes, there is rest for the weary.
I. God Worked.
A. Gen. 2:2-3—“And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the
seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and
sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made”.
B. Exo. 14:31—“And Israel saw that great work which the Lord did upon the Egyptians: and the people
feared the Lord, and believed the Lord, and his servant Moses”.
II. Christ Worked.
A. John 9:4—“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day; the night cometh, when no man
B. John 4:34—“Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work”.
C. John 17:4—“I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do”.
D. John 5:17—“But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
III. Man must work.
A. Ever notice, that every man that God called to serve him was already busy working?
1. The apostles
2. Elisha—(I Ki. 19:19)—plowing with 12 yoke of oxen when Elijah called him.
B. Work to provide for our physical needs.
1. Gen. 3:19—“In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it
was thou taken; for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return”.
2. I Thess. 4:11-12—“And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your
own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are
without, and that ye may have lack of nothing”.
3. II Thess. 3:10-12—“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not
work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you
disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
C. A Christian must also do the Lord’s work!
1. I Cor. 15:58—“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the
work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord”.
2. I Cor. 16:10—“Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he worketh the
work of the Lord, as I also do”.
3. Phil. 2:12—“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”.
IV. The work of the Lord includes:
A. The work of Evangelism.
1. The salvation of souls was the work of Jesus.
a. John 9:4—“I must work the works of him that sent me”.
b. Luke 19:10—“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost”.
2. That work was laid on the shoulders of the Apostles when Jesus ascended back into heaven.
a. John 17:18—“As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world”.
b. Matt. 28:19—“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”.
c. Acts 1:8—“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be
witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the
uttermost part of the earth”.
3. That “work” has been passed on to all Christians of all ages.
a. Matt. 28:20—“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I
am with you alway, even unto the end of the world”.
b. II Tim. 2:2—“And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit
thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also”.
B. The work of Benevolence.
1. James 2:15-16—“If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto
them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those
things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?”
2. Matt. 25:34-40
3. I Tim. 5:8—“But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath
denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel”.
4. I Tim. 5:16—“If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the
church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed”.
C. The work of edification.
1. Heb. 3:13—“But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened
through the deceitfulness of sin”.
2. Eph. 4:11-12—“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some,
pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the
edifying of the body of Christ”.
3. Heb. 10:24-25—“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not
forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting
one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching”.
(1) Visit the sick, etc.
(a) James 1:27—“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the
fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world”.
(2) Bear one another’s burdens
(a) Gal. 6:2—“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ”.
(3) Weep with those that weep, etc.
(a) Rom. 12:15—“Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep”.
(4) Be a light unto the world.
(a) Matt. 5:13-16—“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith
shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden
under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be
hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it
giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they
may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”.
(b) I Tim. 4:12—“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in
word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity”.
V. Yes, there is rest for the weary.
A. This is rest for the soul!
a. Matt. 11:28-30—“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall
find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”.
b. Heb. 4:1-11
B. Dependent upon having worked.
a. No work equals no rest.
(1) Heb. 4:11—“Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same
example of unbelief”.
b. Work (the right work) equals rest.
(1) Rev. 14:13—“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead
which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their
labours; and their works do follow them”.
C. At death and or the judgment, we enter into our rest.
a. II Thess. 1:7—“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed
from heaven with his mighty angels”.
b. Rev. 14:13—“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which
die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their
c. Heb. 6:10—“For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have
showed toward is name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister”.
d. Gal. 6:9—“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”.
A. There is a rest for the weary.
B. But, it is for those who die in the Lord.
C. One must get “into” the Lord and then work for the Lord.
D. Then, rest will come.