August 9, 2012

Getting away from it all

Filed under: Uncategorized — andykiff @ 6:24 pm

Mark 6:31 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.

The disciples were on a high.  They were healing and delivering people and preaching repentance from sins.  They were acting out the authority that had been given them.  When they came back to report their success to Jesus he didn’t congratulate them, plan how to build on this work for even greater success and send them back out to do bigger and better.  He took them away from it all.  He could see that in their enthusiasm and momentum they were ignoring their physical needs and pushing themselves to the limits.  They were running the risk of burning out and being useful to no-one.  Jesus actually took them away from the people who needed their help, so that they would be better able to help the people.

In any type of ministry there can be pressure, often self-imposed, to keep going to the point of exhaustion.  The pressure can become greatest when things are going well.  There is a fear of losing momentum.  But sometimes the momentum can carry us over a cliff.  I need to make sure that I’m spiritually, mentally and physically able to do what needs doing.  In between lazy and manic there is a place of performing at the peak, pushing to the limits then pausing for breath.

Lord give me the motivation to start, the strength to push on and the wisdom to stop.


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