7. Rest and you’ll be more productive.
Busyness is today’s badge of success. We even carry this over to ministry, thinking the busier we are for God, the more He must be blessing our church, our business, or our ministry project. But God would rather have us be with Him than do a bunch of things for Him. After all, Jesus told a man that in order to win the favor of God we must not work for it, but “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)
Yes, we are to do our work “heartily, as to the Lord,” but we aren’t to ignore His command to rest. (Colossians 3:23) To rest is to trust. Psalm 127:2 says: “It is vain for you to rise up early,to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.” That means that as you rest and trust in Him, He can provide for you.
Serve Him out of love for Him, not to earn His love for you, and not in order for Him to bless you. When you take time to rest and to remember that you were created to love God and enjoy Him forever, He brings a satisfaction to your soul and a joy to your heart (and a productivity to your work, as well.) That is restful and successful living.