The Value of Rest

The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught. Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.  So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone.
Mark 6:30-32 (NLT)

 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16 (NIV)

 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”  Mark 2:27

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We were never made to do it all!  But our culture sure likes to tell us otherwise – and sometimes, I tell myself that, too.  Do you?  I find that if I’m not careful, my task list has the ability to take over my life, and then I find myself barely getting by – let alone getting things done!

The enemy will be the first one to tell you that you don’t have time to rest.  He knows that when you rest in Jesus, you gain new strength and new perspective.  That’s the last thing He wants for you.  But Jesus reminds us with His words and His example that it’s not just “okay” to take a break – it’s necessary!

We need to rest. 

We need to be refreshed.

Have you ever intentionally “rested?”
What did that look like?  How did you feel after that?

If you haven’t been intentional about “resting,” ask God to reveal what doing so would look like for you.  Then, make it happen.  I promise you, that “wasted” time with God, is never wasted!

 

Digging Deeper

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28 (MSG)

Be intentional about resting with Jesus today.  Make it a daily/weekly practice to steal away with Him.

~Kimi Miller
Associate Pastor, Lifegate Women

 

 

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