The principle of rest is woven into the pages of Scripture. But in our twenty-first century mentality of hurry, we often miss it.
God built cycles of work and rest into creation. (See Genesis 2:2–3; Exodus 20:11.) Even Jesus highlighted the necessity of having times of rest.
And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.—Mark 6:31
But there is a subtle temptation that comes with times of rest: selfishness.
Vacation is all about me, right? Taking a day off is my day off.
Or is it? Isn’t it rather about renewing our energy to more effectively invest our lives for the Lord?
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;—Colossians 3:23
What can you do to enjoy times of rest with purpose this summer? Here are a few thoughts: (more…)