take time to rest


by Pastor Mark Jordan

At day’s end I’m ready for sound sleep, for you, God, have put my life back together.” (Psalm 4:8, MSG)

How is this week going as you seek ways to make a deep impact with your life? So far we have explored making idle time impact time, as well as keeping the main thing the main thing. Today we are going to look at a critical component for deep impact living, and one we so easily overlook: rest.

Rest is essential for impact living. God knew this and commanded it from Creation to the 10 Commandments. I want to clue you in on a little secret, which probably isn’t that much of a secret at all. Serving God is exhausting! Emptying yourself so God can move through you is an all-encompassing task. I am practically worthless after delivering Sunday messages, so much so that Sunday afternoon and most of Monday is time I need to rest, reflect, and begin seeking God’s guidance for where to go next. This isn’t unusual, because it is God’s design. Seriously.

Jesus knew the benefit of getting away and resting. As you read through the Gospels, whenever Jesus did something major, it is sandwiched with time where he was resting alone and resting with his small group. This is the model for you and me to live by, too. Making idle time impact time can wear you down, just like keeping the main thing the main thing can. So you need to rest. Fortunately, the Bible gives us a rhythm for how to rest. You need a daily quiet time, a weekly Sabbath (day of rest), and a regular get-away when the demands of the world continue to swirl while your focus is diverted elsewhere. Rest, in such a way, makes recreation more like re-creation, enabling you to do more of God’s work so you can make a deep impact. If you end up all used up and spent, you’re no good to your self, others, or God. So take this suggestion seriously, and carve out the time to rest, following Jesus’ own rhythms of daily, weekly, and regular rest.

Prayer: Dear Lord, sometimes it’s hard for me to think about how important rest is for making a deep impact. Forgive me for the times I think impact living means going and doing all the time, especially in those times I need to rest and allow you to re-create me in your holy image. I ask this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.