“So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.” Hebrews 4:9–10

Have you ever had a set of keys, and on that key ring there is one key that you’re not quite sure what it unlocks? You know that the key has to open something important, but you’re not quite sure what it is. You look at the key and think to yourself that it was important enough to hang on to so it must have meant something significant at some point.

For many of us, this is how we view the gospel. We look at the story of Jesus’ redemption like a key that unlocked the gate to eternal life and opened up a way to salvation through Jesus Christ. We shared a lot about how important this key was when we first discovered it for ourselves. Over time, the good news of the gospel is shared less; to the point that it becomes like the key that we know has something “important” to do with the Christian life but can’t remember what it unlocks. We have to remember the significance of the gospel, even as followers of Jesus.

The gospel never ceases to be good news. Yes, the message of the way of Jesus introduces lost and hopeless people to the hope of salvation through Jesus. But we, as followers of Jesus, need to be continually reminded of the truth of this message for ourselves as it is a vivid reminder of our new life in Christ. The gospel represents the significant and finished work of Christ. Because of His work, we can find rest.

If you were rescued from drowning, it wouldn’t take much to convince you to tell the story to others. As a matter of fact, you probably couldn’t be kept from sharing it. It’s because you’d understand the life and death implications of what’s happened, and the appreciation for your redeemed life would be more than you could contain. When we remember what we’ve been rescued from, we will celebrate the Rescuer.

The gospel of Jesus is more than just the moment of conversion; it is also the pathway by which we live. The work on the cross that could only be finished by Christ is indeed just that; finished!No more striving and straining and working to earn our salvation. Remembering that we have been rescued brings rest.

How does the truth of the gospel produce rest in your life today?

Excerpt from Finding Soul Rest: 40 Days of Connecting with Christ: A Devotional

Author of Soul Rest: Reclaim Your Life. Return to Sabbath., Curtis advocates intentional self-care through Sabbath practice.

Curtis Zackery (CZ), a sought-after speaker and author, pastors at Church of the City, Franklin, TN, a rapidly growing multi-campus church. His contagious gospel passion defies barriers of age, ethnicity, and religion. CZ offers a raw, relevant gospel perspective through teaching, speaking, and writing. With 15 years of diverse ministry, including church planting, pastoring, and addressing themes like rest and the gospel’s beauty, he brings unique insights. CZ holds degrees from Liberty University and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to pastoral duties at Church of the City, he directed programs at Kids Across America.