“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.” – Genesis 1:31 (NIV)
On the sixth day, God created humans, plants and animals. Once He completed His work, He looked at all that He had made, and He knew that everything was good. The sixth day represents the natural world and the creative authority of mankind, which dwelled in the perfect glory of God until sin entered the earth. God gave His beloved men and women free will, knowing that we would all fall short. However, God believed in us enough to see that we would also produce beauty for His glory. On the seventh day God rested, so the redemptive power of Jesus Christ could be unleashed on the earth.
“Then Jesus said to them, ‘The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.’” – Luke 6:5 (NIV)
In God’s rest, the Tree of Life—Jesus Christ—poured out His fruit upon the earth, atoning for the corruption caused by the Tree of Knowledge. Sabbath means atonement, and the finished work of Jesus Christ not only forgives us of our sins, it allows us to assert our creative authority on this earth in ways that will always be pleasing to God. Our efforts mean nothing without the spilled blood of Christ, but that is why the sixth day was created before the seventh—we work our harvest unto the Lord and Jesus Christ covers our efforts with His perfection, grace and favor. He transforms our lack into His abundance, our mistake into His advantage, and our weakness into His strength!
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
Once we work in obedience to the Holy Spirit, we can wait in the transforming power of Sabbath Rest. We offer God all that we create on the sixth day in our human effort and place our work securely in the seventh day, knowing that no matter how insignificant our contribution may seem, it becomes a great offering to God through the finished work of the cross. Jesus died, so we could use our creative authority on this earth. Because of the cross, God is always pleased with the harvest of our hands. As we work diligently for the Lord, we can enter into Sabbath Rest, trusting that Jesus will do His best!
“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.” – Hebrews 4:9-10 (NIV).