Hebrews 4:9-10New International Version (NIV)

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works,[a] just as God did from his.

From the Verse 10, can we say? If anyone is still working, then he has not yet entered God’s rest. Does it mean, that you should not work?

What does ‘own work’ mean?
It means doing work on his own effort.

Peter walked on water. He couldn’t have walked on water, no matter how much effort he would have put into it. The only reason that he could walk on the water, because he cast sight on Jesus forgot about the storm. But the moment he took his eyes from resting on Jesus, his conscious came to his own effort and he began to sink.

Peter walked. Walking is a work, but walking on water is only possible resting on the Lord. How walking can be resting? How can you work and still be resting?

Verse 11

11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.

What seems to be contradiction, ‘Put every effort to enter the rest’?
What work/effort should we do to enter that rest?

Shall we agree on one thing
Work = Effort

John 6:28-29New International Version (NIV)

28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

The word ‘believe’ in verse 29 is the Greek word ‘pisteuo’ G4100 which has it orgin from G4102 ‘pistis’ which means

  • persuasion
  • reliance upon Christ for salvation,
  • belief
  • believe

Remember this word ‘pistis’

According to Jesus in John 6:29
Work of God = Believe in whom God Sent (Jesus)
So meaning

Work of God = Believe in Jesus

We will read back

Hebrews 4:11New International Version (NIV)

11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.

So, we can interpret this verse as,
believe in Jesus who is the author and finisher of your Salvation to enter that rest.

A Sabbath rest, is for all who believe. You enter that rest not through works done by human hands but through belief in the Lord Jesus.