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    Are you resisting rest?

    “Come away…and rest a while.” Mark 6:31 NRS

    Following Jesus should energise you, not leave you feeling burned out. Jesus preached to farmers who used oxen to plough their fields. They also lived by religious rules that didn’t permit you to relax and experience God’s love and grace. So Jesus told them: “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you…and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-29 NLT).

    Jesus had more to do than any of us, yet he never seemed to do it in a way that severed the life-giving connection with his Father, or interfered with his ability to show love when it was called for. He regularly withdrew from the rat race in order to pray. Even when his disciples returned, flushed with success from a busy time of ministry, he told them, “Come away…and rest a while,” because as Mark records, “Many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat” (Mark 6:31 NRS).

    Constant hurry is the mark of an un-prioritised life—a sure sign that second and third things have become first things. Not only did God command us to rest every seventh day, he told Jewish farmers to let their fields rest every seventh year so they’d produce better harvests. The problem is we want microwave maturity…to exchange wisdom for information and depth for breadth—but it doesn’t work. Depth comes slowly. Following Jesus can’t be done at a sprint; you can’t go faster than the one who’s leading.

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    Teaching from The Word For Today by Bob Gass.

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  • Reply FavouriteShades March 19, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Following Jesus can’t be done at a sprint,I like that

  • Reply Pacesetter March 19, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Thanks for this early morning dose. Have a wonderful day in God’s Presence

  • Reply mercy March 19, 2017 at 10:12 am

    whoosh….true dt! dis blessed me.

  • Reply Gracie March 19, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Nice one Ma’am. Blessed Sunday to you

  • Reply Roselyn March 19, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    “For His blessings maketh rich and added no sorrow” that’s the word of God. When we see ourselves struggling in order to do God’s work, it calls for a deeper look cos something must have gone wrong from our side. Thanks dear for this. Do have a fulfilled week.

  • Reply Abi March 19, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    wow…tanx for this
    stay blessed

  • Reply Exceptionalstar March 23, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Hmmm… insightful.

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