You have a job and older relatives to check on. Or you are raising teenagers and running a small business. Maybe you are home with small children and have loads of housework to do, along with caring for and training the children. You serve God at church, serving the body of Christ with the spiritual gifts He has given you. You serve Him, laboring out in the community and on the streets, ministering God’s love and the gospel, according to how He leads you. You are a Christian worker. You live to serve God, ministering to people. You need some rest.
The world lives for rest (or play or entertainment), living “for the weekend”. But the Christian lives to work, serving our Lord and Savior with our whole lives, out of love for Him and gratitude to Him, out of worship and obedience to Him, as He leads by His Holy Spirit. The Christian lives to work to serve God.
Jesus called His disciples away to rest at times. He knew they needed this rest so they could go on with the work. This rest is a gift from God, that we may prepare to continue on in Him, being His worker and laboring wherever He has us.
Sometimes (rarely for many of us) we may get a few days “away”. Sometimes we can rest for a few hours. Sometimes the rest is just an hour in your prayer closet, just being alone to talk with Him.
I am so thankful for my church. I just love you all; my brothers and sisters there, and the chance just to be with them(you!). I love to sing, pray, worship, have Communion, eat and talk together. I love to hear the challenging, encouraging, solid, biblical sermons and get fed spiritually with the Word of God. I love to just be together with my family in Christ. I so want to be there. This is rest for me. This (gathering together as the church) is a gift from the Lord at the end of an exhausting, trial filled, week of hard work, “on the job”, and “doing ministry”. God is so good to give us this rest each week, as we come to worship Him together; to encourage and love on one another.
What a blessing also, to have six days with my daughter to talk, pray, kayak on the lake, swim in the river, and sit in the solitude and gentle sounds of the water, trees, birds and see some mountains and stars, away from the ‘city’ and seven million people.
Here is an encouraging sermon about the provision of God for us to get some rest from time to time, so we can go back to our calling as Christian workers in the harvest field, and in our places of service.
And the apostles gathered together with Jesus; and they reported to Him all that they had done and taught. And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.) And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves. Mark 6:30-32.