“… After he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone …”
Just after Jesus miraculously fed (and preached to) over five thousand people, He went away by Himself to rest.
There were still people who needed healing. There were still sermons to be preached and people to be reached. But He intentionally stopped what He was doing, retreated to a remote place, and reconnected with His Father.
Jesus understood that in order to thrive in ministry, we need to regularly re-orient our lives around the One who calls us to minister.
This isn’t easy—and perhaps that’s one of the reasons why Jesus modeled it repeatedly for His disciples. But a life without rest is not sustainable. Without it, we burn out, stress out, and, ironically, we start to lose our ability to fulfill the calling on our lives.
Work without rest leads to the death of creativity, productivity, and reliability. So if you want to serve others well, you need to learn how and when to get away and refocus.
Here are 3 ways church leaders can create rhythms of rest:
Manage Your Time
Meditate on Scripture
Make Rest Memorable
Ultimately, if we do not create space in our lives to rest, we will run out of space to serve the people God has asked us to serve.
To help you reclaim some rest, we’ve partnered with Church Online Platform to create a three-day audio Plan called Reset After Easter. Consider completing this Plan with your church team, and find rest in God’s Word—together.
This week, commit to running your race well by committing to resting well. Trust God with your time and give yourself permission to step back from the work you love in order to love the One who called you to your work.
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