Do you take breaks? Jesus did.

Ever feel like you can’t take a break. Your mind is full, and you are pressured. You feel this enormous responsibility pressing on you and it seems as if the whole world is depending on you. The projects, tasks, responsibilities are piling up, and you can’t take a break, because if you do, things couldn’t possibly go on. But the truth is, they could.

When we find ourselves stressed and worn out from doing God’s work, we need to relax, take a break, and go to Him. I would like to share a quick example of a time when the disciples needed a break. In Mark 6:7 Jesus had sent the disciples out to preach repentance. When they came back to Jesus, they found themselves very busy. Jesus says in verse 30, "Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while." Why, the verse continues and tells us, "for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat."

These disciples had worked hard. They were giving of themselves. But they had gotten so busy, they needed some time alone with Christ. There were so many people they didn’t have time to eat. When Jesus and his disciples left, they left by ship. By the time they got to the end of their journey, the people had outrun them to the place, and it was time to minister. Even though the disciples took a break, the ministry still succeeded.

I would like to challenge you, be prepared to take a break. If you are serving and helping, and you find yourself with no time, Jesus may call you to come apart and rest awhile. If He does, obey Him. Don’t pride fully think that your ministry can’t go on without you. Christ can take care of the ministry, it’s His ministry after all! I’m not saying you should be lazy and take breaks all the time, but that you should realize that there are times when God wants us to come apart to Him and rest. If He asked you, would you have the faith to come apart and rest awhile?

Jesus did.

"And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone." – Matthew 14:23

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