The Call to Slow Down
May 03, 2010 by Brad Widstrom | 0 Comments
Jesus said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a
quiet place and get some rest.” (Mark 6:31b)
Jesus had chosen twelve men to be his closest disciples. They were sent out two by two to preach, teach, heal, and do warfare with demons. Upon their return, Jesus noticed how tired they were — probably fatigue in every part of their being, especially physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Today we would say they were on the verge of burnout.
What did Jesus do? He most likely commended them for the fruit of their hard labors. They were not then sent back out to continue the work. Jesus instead recognized their need for rest. The twelve needed to alone with Jesus in a quiet place. To be recharged through time spent with each other and especially in fellowship with God-in-the-flesh.
The lesson for us is critical. We have been called and gifted for service. We find our satisfaction in doing for God. We teach, preach, serve and witness. We’re on boards, committees, leadership teams, and are members of classes and small groups. As leaders we want more from our people and as people our leaders want more from us. When, though, do we stop, rest, and get away to a quiet place with our Lord? If it was important enough for Jesus, it should be important enough for us. Yes, keep on doing for God, but don’t forget to take time to be with God.