Come Away and Rest
Sunday Sermon Summary
Mark 6:30-34- “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. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.”
-Being busy is not necessarily a bad thing. We were created by God to work, produce, achieve and serve.
-Two ditches on our jourey- being TOO busy…or just being lazy. Both are unhealthy.
-Our culture tends to idolize success and production which can lead many of us to an unhealthy place of being too busy
-Jesus invites the disciples to come away and rest with Him in the middle of a busy season of ministry. He invites us to do the same.
-We should view our Christian life and service as a pitcher/ reservoir- we are filled with the presence of Christ and then out of the overflow we can effectively serve others. Anything less can lead to burnout.
-It is presence that ministers to people….God’s presence with our presence. It is not primarily our skills and our knowledge. Presence changes lives.
-God is primarily concerned with your spiritual health and wholeness.
-You were created as a human being…not just a human doing.
-When we are living in “fullness” we are then able to minister/ serve with “compassion”. It changes our attitude towards serving others. We are free to give without grudge or grumbling.
-Are you spending time with Jesus regularly? Do you have a “desolate place”?
-Look for ways to create margin in your life to sit at Jesus’ feet and be ministered to by His presence
-If everything else and everyone else has your ear…how will you ever hear from God?
-Do you need to set new priorities? Do you need to make new boundaries? Do you need to start saying “no” more often?
-If you are TOO busy…what is the underlying reason you feel the need to be that way? Is it an identity issue
-God already loves you. Just as you are. You don’t need to “do” anything else for Him to receive that value and love.
Other verses used:
Colossians 3:23- “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,” (God is not against hard work)
Proverbs 14:23- “In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty”
Luke 5:16- “But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.”