Mark is my favorite of all the Gospels. Each one of them has a different thing that they emphasize. Matthew make connections with the Old Testament. Luke looks at Jesus love and connection with the entire world. John answers the deep questions of faith.
But Mark is simple. Mark is shorter. Mark is fast. And in Mark, Jesus is always going. As someone that’s a little (or a lot) ADD, I really like the emphasis on action in Mark’s Gospel. Jesus and the disciples are always going, always acting, always on the move.
Except for the passage we read today. Listen to Mark 6: 30-32:
The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he 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. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.
The disciples had just come back from doing ministry and they were excited. The way the text describes it, I can almost see them gathered around Jesus like little children talking fast and telling Him everything that had happened.
And He said, let’s rest for a while. They had gotten so busy, they hadn’t even had time to eat.
We are supposed to go. We are supposed to be active. We are supposed to do and take the Good News everywhere. We have kingdom work to do today! We are supposed to be on the move. Time and daylight is wasting.
But, sometimes, we get ourselves worn out. We can do too much. We can get too busy. We can get off track and sideways.
And we need to rest.
Listen to me friends, you don’t have to do everything. The fate of the free world doesn’t rest of your shoulders. I know it feels that way sometimes, anyone that knows me a little can tell you that I often feel that way. So I’m preaching to me as much as I am to you.
Rest. Rest in Jesus. Breathe. Calm down. Slow down. Rest.
He has a lot for us to do for the kingdom. He has a lot that we need accomplish for His work. But have to take care of ourselves.
Today, perhaps, today you need to rest. Rest in Him. Rest in His purpose and plan for your life.
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