Daily Devotion: The Importance of Rest

Mark 6:31, And [Jesus] 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.

Even Jesus took breaks. Even Jesus rested. He and His disciples were often busy in His ministry, yet even Jesus saw the necessity to take breaks. In this case, they were so busy in ministry that they didn’t even have enough time to eat! Have you ever been that busy? I have, although it wasn’t for ministry. Well, technically I can say it was. There have been many times in my seminary studies that I’ve been so busy with writing papers, doing projects, and doing readings that I have forgotten to eat. At these times, I have had to force myself to eat—even though I had a lot to do—just as Jesus did with the disciples here. He forced them to take a break to rest and eat.

In our busy lives—whether in ministry or some other work—we often forget the importance of rest. It’s okay to be busy, but not so busy to the point that you begin neglecting your own health. That’s called workaholism. If Jesus rested from His labours and forced His disciples to do so, so you, too, must find time to rest from your labours. Not just sleep, but also to eat, relax, and do something you enjoy. If Jesus in His humanity needed rest in order to continue His work, so you, too, must make time to rest from your work lest you become weak and weary.

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1 thought on “Daily Devotion: The Importance of Rest

  1. I’ve found that just as important as rest is to take good care of yourself by eating well and getting regular exercise. That will help you to rest well.

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