Go ahead sit down, kick out the foot rest, lean back fully into the chair. Rest…Sigh… Exhale… Relax … Allow your heart rate to decrease. Feel the pillowed upholstery support your weary back.
Recliners are wonderful. Those overstuffed easy chairs found in most living or family rooms. Some couples have his and hers recliners replacing the traditional rocking chair. They are almost a requirement for man caves and home theaters.
But have you ever thought that a recliner is a picture of faith?
In any other chair your feet are on the ground partially holding your weight. In a split second you can bound up from a regular chair to move quickly in response to what is happening around you, or whatever needs your attention. But not so in a recliner, all your body weight is cradled by the chair. It takes extra effort to sit up, put the foot rest down and then to stand. In a regular chair a certain amount of independence is maintained. But in a recliner you are fully dependent. When you use the recliner fully, as it was intended, you are exercising faith that it will support you and allow you to stand up again.
While attending the Europe Conference of EFCA missionaries in July, Diane and I were encouraged through a message given by Pastor Alan Kraft. In his message, Fully Alive, he reminded all in attendance that not only are we saved by faith, but we must also live by faith. To live with a faith that rests totally and completely in Jesus Christ. To help us understand, he shared the word picture of a recliner, and followed up with: What are you resting in? Are you willing to recline fully into the care and grace of your Lord and Savior? Or do you keep your feet on the ground ready to take over in your own strength and resources?
Go ahead sit down…
Meditate on Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Or reflect on the words of this old hymn: “Jesus, I am resting, resting in the joy of what thou art; I am finding out the greatness of thy loving heart.”
Resting in Jesus, fully alive, Brian