Take a Break

“Have you ever felt like a goldfish swimming around in a blender full of water—with someone’s finger on the “high” switch? Many of us are altogether too busy, running on overdrive, overextended in our schedules and underdeveloped in our souls. Instead of green pastures and still waters, we’re accustomed to clogged freeways and blaring cell phones.”

Do you agree with David Jeremiah, who wrote this? I do. And so would Jesus, or so it seems.

According to Matthew 14:13, Jesus Himself took time out of His busy ministry schedule to get away from the crowds of people and the demands of work and ministry.

When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart.

It appears that He did this on a recurring basis (Luke 4:42). And it appears that He incorporated prayer into these times away (Mark 1:35, Luke 5:16).

What’s more, it appears that Jesus encouraged His disciples to step away for periods of rest as well (Mark 6:31-32).

And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.

On this occasion, it appears that the disciples had become so busy “coming and going” that they didn’t appropriate time for rest, refreshment and eating. And that’s what David Jeremiah is talking about.

It is true that the fruitful Christian life demands hard work, busy work and a lot of “coming and going” (Colossians 1:9, 1 Timothy 4:10). You cannot fulfill God’s will without it.

And it is also true that the fruitful Christian life requires you to rest in Christ within your spirit, depending upon Him for the strength you need to labor and minister (Matthew 11:28-30, Psalm 37:7).

But it is also true that the fruitful Christian life requires periods of getting away from the work altogether. And during these times you should focus on rest, refreshment, nourishment and prayer. There is nothing spiritual about perpetual ministry that never takes a break.

I am thankful for a professor in college who frequently said, “When you study, really study. And when you take a break, really take a break.” This was terrific advice!

The Lord Jesus practiced this in His earthly ministry, and He encourages us to do the same. Do you follow His instructions?

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