June 30th, 2023

Mark 6:30-31 CSB – The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a remote place and rest for a while.” For many people were coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.

It’s easy for us to justify spending our entire week working as hard as we possibly can. There are so many people that are depending on us, and we know that if we don’t deliver on a promise, we’ll be letting someone down. However, Jesus wanted us to take time to rest. He knew that we can’t endure forever without a break from our work. In the verse above, I don’t read it so much as a suggestion, but as a gentle command. “Come away by yourselves… and rest.” God instituted the Sabbath, not so much because he needed to rest, but because he knew that his people needed rest. Somehow in our modern Christian age, we’ve moved away from that idea, but I still think it’s something that God would have us do. Many of the Old Testament laws revealed the heart of God for his people, and that heart doesn’t change because Jesus came and created a new covenant. God still cares deeply about us and our well-being is of great concern to him. So, we should rest from our labors periodically so that we may be better able to do God’s work in the future. That is the twofold purpose of rest, first, for our own sake so that we may better serve Him, but also for His sake, so we may honor him.

I hope you all get some time for rest this weekend and on the 4th.