Summary: To share that we will only find real rest in Jesus and it’s time we fall back into His arms.
Today is Fall Back Day, the day that comes once a year in which we change our clocks back one hour to our Standard Time,(hence the name, Fall Back). Fall Back Day is one of the Most Awaited Days of Year.
Nobody in their right mind ever looks forward to Spring Forward Day but for most people who go to school, work or otherwise that have to get up an hour earlier in the morning; Fall Back Day is a glorious day and is among the most awaited days of the year. For many, today is probably ranked with the likes of Black Friday, Super bowl Sunday, or even Christmas.
Many of us get excited about Fall Back Day because we value our sleep and getting an extra hour of sleep is what we think we need desperately. We see that extra hour as an hour in which we can relax a little and not be stressed out so much to get ready in a hurry and head out the door. We think getting that extra hour will help us not to be late for church, work, school, or whatever appointments we have in the mornings.
But you know what? Many of us will find ourselves late and wasting that extra hour. For many, Falling Back is to no benefit to us because we squander it. Instead of cherishing it and receiving it as a blessing we find ourselves staying up later at night because we can sleep later and we find ourselves snoozing longer in the mornings.
Instead of applying the gift of an extra hour we waste it.
Falling back can be a big blessing if we apply it correctly into our daily lives. I think we would all agree that an extra hour to our day can be highly beneficial to our lives.
But what can we gain from FALLING BACK spiritually speaking? Is there anything that can encourage us spiritually in falling back? I definitely believe so!
We live in a world today in which we are running 90 to nothing. Our society is a face paced one and if we don’t hold on with both hands, we’ll find ourselves broken down on the side of the road.
It seems we always have something going on and to find rest is what we all need. An extra hour of sleep may be nice for our physical bodies but what we need more than that is what Jesus offers.
Matthew 11: 28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Don’t you get the same message from Jesus as I do here? He is calling to us, offering us rest. He wants us to fall back to him.
Illustration: Do you remember the Nestea commercials back in the 80’s? They had a famous slogan that many of us remember today. What was it? …..”The Nestea Plunge”.
VIDEO: “Nestea 8o’s Commercial”
Doesn’t that look refreshing? I can remember just about everybody imitating the Nestea Plunge. It was a catchy visual that sold a good amount of people to Nestea.
Jesus wants us to take a different plunge. He wants us to fall back to Him. He offers us rest and refreshment and He wants us all to be sold to Him.
I believe that God wants us to fall back into a few things that will enhance our relationship with Him. I also believe that no matter where we are right now that we can always grow closer to Him. As this is His desire.
First of all I believe that God wants us to
I.FALL BACK INTO HIS WORD.
A.You may say, “But I read my Bible every day, I can’t fall into something that I am already into.” True, what I am talking about is not simply reading the Scripture but studying them and allowing God’s Word to speak to your heart.
1.When was the last time you felt God speaking directly to you during your Bible reading? We all can sit down; open our Bibles up and read but are we doing anything else besides reading it?
2.Are we applying the Word of God to our daily lives? Do we truly accept God’s teachings through His Word?
James 1: 22-25 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.