Bible Ballistics: BBs #316 Balancing Rest In Ministry???
Many people get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, and especially during this holiday season and approaching end of the year. I’m not trying to “preempt” New Year’s but it is often a time of reflection, resolutions and renewals for a lot of folks, and today I’d like to borrow from that mindset a bit, to remind us that regardless of the times and seasons, we must seek to maintain a healthy balance in our daily lives, both physically and spiritually. We must have balance. Ministry (An every believer is in it, whether we’re paying attention or not; whether we’re a good ‘minister’ or a negligent one) is demanding and it requires strength of soul, heart and mind, which is always dependent on the Holy Spirit!
Jesus called His disciples to rest! He had sent them out on a mission and when they returned, the ‘busy-ness’ surrounded them and Jesus stepped in with good advice; advice that we should heed, and remember in our daily lives.
“And the apostles gathered themselves together
and told him all things,
both what they had done,
and what they had taught.
31 And he said unto them,
Come ye yourselves apart
into a desert place,
and rest a while:
for there were many coming
and they had no leisure
so much as to eat.
32 And they departed
into a desert place
privately.” Mark 6:30-32
Rest is necessary for balance! And we want to be balanced Christians/Believers who are useful to the Master. But we must also guard against laziness and realize that we are to be about God’s business in all we do. We are to rest in Him, giving our body, mind, and spirit good, healthy, and appropriate rest.
“Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” John 4:34
But we must guard against laziness and sloth, especially in a culture that worships ease, and leisure! We are to be an example of excellence NOT excess, in all our service to God; knowing that we are to be about God’s “business” in every word and deed, and finding that balance of rest and work by listening to the Holy Spirit.
We must make time to learn from God—alone with Him, feasting on His Word and dwelling intimately in His presence through prayer (For prayer isn’t just talking, it also requires listening and meditating on what we have learned from HIS Word!). Then we can have the right time for ministry to others, whatever kind of ministry God has given us; whether it’s a mom at home meeting the needs of her family in a godly way; whether it’s a pastor pushed beyond human limits; or a doctor facing the worst of circumstances on a daily basis; or a entry level worker looking toward promotion. Even if you’re retired and have time for travel, helping or volunteering in various ways; is Jesus seen in all your activities? We must learn to hear and obey the call of God to whatever ministry He has for us, in whatever season of life we may be living—in fact God has a job that YOU need to do! But we must first cultivate intimacy with God and spend time with Him, then go forward to reach our corner of the world for Jesus! Taking time to rest along the way, but not getting into that ‘lazy’ mindset that says something like, “I’ve done my share, now I get to sit down and enjoy life”!!! Duh! When I’m serving Jesus, I AM enjoying life—abundant and complete life. But it takes determination and a devotion to God—seeking Him first in all we do and say, and He will provide and teach us balance, if we will but listen and yield to His Spirit!!! Not man’s idea of balance, but God’s! Excellence not perfection!!!
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6:33-34
Seek Him and rest in HIM today. Blessings on your day!