Hebrews 4:10 says, For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. In other words, stop laboring by your own effort, and let God work on it through you.
It is sometimes difficult for people to do that--cease from their own works. Because they think they are so important that if they don’t do “it,” “it” will not get done. But people end up killing themselves with that kind of thinking.
I do not fool myself into thinking I can do it all. I have my place, my call, and my anointing, but I let the Greater One do the work. I am always at rest. I could be stressed out right now because of all the things I have to do and all that I am responsible for. I could be in the hospital while one of my assistants is ministering. But I refuse to be stressed out. I have delegated authority to others, and they do the work that they are assigned to do.
There was once a Greyhound Bus television commercial that said, “Ride the bus, and leave the driving to us.” Well, that, in essence, is what God has told His children. Unfortunately, Christians are still trying to drive the bus, instead of sitting and riding. As a result, they are laboring in vain.
I know some ministers "bless their hearts" who are trying to carry their entire congregation. That is impossible, and God did not tell you to do that. Nobody’s shoulders are big enough to do that. A minister’s job is to give you the Word, to pray for you, and then he has to let you carry yourself.
I give my congregation the best revelation that God has given me, and then I leave it there. I cannot carry an entire congregation of people. I would be dead in six months for sure if I tried to do that. I pray for them and turn them over to the Lord. They are in God’s hands.
Then there are people who rarely go on vacations. And, when they finally go on a vacation, they work through the whole vacation. That is the epitome of stupidity! Then they wonder why they are tired and all stressed out.
You need to take a vacation! If you do not have money to go anywhere, fine! Just take a walk on the beach. Sit on the sand and watch the water and it will relax you. You don’t need a lot of money to take a vacation.
My oldest daughter is president of Crenshaw Christian Center. She takes work home, on vacation, on the airplane, to the toilet, to the hairdresser, to the grocery store, and to the bank. She has a briefcase so heavy, so big, that she needs a 20-mule team to carry the thing. She brings undue stress on herself.
I have things that need to be done within a certain time period. But the worst-case scenario is that if it does not get done, it does not get done. I don’t let it burden me. When the time comes for me to go home, I leave that work there.
When I go home, I am off, and that means I am not going to do any more work. My philosophy is this: If I were dead and gone, what would happen to all the work? Somebody else will come and do it. God gave me a brain so that I could use wisdom; if I don’t preserve me, I’m dead. I am not going to die from stress and overwork. I am going to rest.
The real secret is to learn how to vacate with your mind. You can physically remove your body and still have all the work in your mind. In short, you have not vacated.
There are times I have been on vacation in the Bahamas, floating around in the crystal-clear 85-degree water, when suddenly it will dawn on me. “I’m the pastor of Crenshaw Christian Center.” Or if I am sitting in a fine restaurant being waited on hand and foot, and suddenly, on the inside of me, a thought will come. “What’s happening with the church?” And I say, “What church!?... Oh, yeah, Crenshaw.” But I cast those thoughts out. I have learned to detach myself.
Over 25 years ago, I started resting. I labored to enter into the rest by faith. Hence, I have had more to do than I have ever dreamed of doing in seven lifetimes. My wife and I sit and wonder sometimes why we have so much to do. It is because God knows we can handle it. God knows it is not going to hurt us or kill us, because we learned how to rest.
I absolutely love my job, and I would actually pay God to let me do what I do. That is because I have learned to do my work in His strength. I have learned how to rest, not to look at circumstances, not to walk by sight, but to walk by faith.