“Come Away and Rest” – Mark 6:31

Mark 6:31

“And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.”

What a recommendation, and by Jesus no less! If you are like me, you find yourself often thinking, “if I don’t keep this up then it’s going to fall, so I have to keep moving.”  We put so much pressure on ourselves to hold our worlds together. If I don’t pick a profession or find a college, I will be a failure. If I don’t have these friends, I will be lonely. If I don’t work extra hard on this project, my job will be in jeopardy. If I don’t keep control over this ministry, people will judge me.
Eventually, we will burn out and fail anyway. While life still has to move forward, take time to rest. Put it in your calendar. If you are lazy, get up and go to work. If you are stressed because of sin, repent. But, if you are exhausted from constant mental, emotional and physical labor, find time to rest.

While using the HEAR method (see below) consider the following questions: 
  • How are you at taking time to rest? 
  • What are some things you do that help you rest and distress? 

Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you? 

Explain – what does the passage mean? 
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today? 
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?
Pastor Stephen Williams

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