Rest to Refresh

There’s a good reason why the good Lord created a day for rest and asked us to do just that – rest. And it wasn’t about fulfilling a religious obligation but to help us feel better – mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. As Jesus reminded the religious leaders of His day who were all about observing the law but failing to understand it, “People were not made for the good of the Sabbath. The Sabbath was made for the good of people” (Mark 2:27 CEV).

When we’re not well rested, we cannot refresh others. Our inability to take time to rest will eventually have a negative impact on those around us. When Jesus visited the house of Lazarus and his sisters, Martha and Mary, Mary chose to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen, while her sister Martha was so preoccupied with doing things that it eventually took a toll on her:

Martha was worried about all that had to be done. Finally, she went to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it bother you that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to come and help me!” (Luke 10:40)

But Jesus reminded her of the need to slow down and focus on Him:

The Lord answered, “Martha, Martha! You are worried and upset about so many things, but only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen what is best, and it will not be taken away from her.” (vv. 41-42)

Today, take time to rest and rejuvenate, focusing your attention on the One who wants to fellowship with you. Only then will you able to refresh others.

Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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