“Let us strive to enter that rest…”
What exactly does that mean? How can striving and rest go together? They are opposites, aren’t they?
So the word strive is spoudazo in the Greek (4704). “It means be swift, go fast, be speedy by showing full diligence, acting fervently to accomplish all that God assign through faith (“His inbirthed persuasion”) Accordingly, 4704 spoudazo and faith (4102/pistis) are directly linked (Eph. 4:3-5; 2 Tim 4:7-9).” [Http://biblehub.com/greek/4704.htm]
Let me just say I love that description of faith – His inbirthed persuasion. That is exactly what faith feels like – something God has placed “in me” as a persuasion to come close to Him or follow His lead. But I digress.
So my new definition for striving here is “speedily make entering His rest a priority; part of resting is acting but only on what He has assigned through the persuasion of faith.”
(There are about 52 things I would like to dig out in this section. Like, why 4:12 about the word of God/WORD who is God? What about disbelief? And…but I have to limit myself today.)
This is what I do get. I need to set my priorities on the promptings of faith that are calling me to action. Stay clear on these and don’t slip off the path into other things. The callings are empowered; they are God’s work through me – they are light burdens. I think this might be the place where disbelief is banished and Jordan Rivers are crossed.
God is for us. And He wants us to believe it.
Be speedy and diligent to attend to the promptings of “His inbirthed persuasions”.
About the World?
You can trudge through on your own, or you can step in the footprints of God.