Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | September 7, 2015

September 7, 2015 “The ‘Rest’ Of The Story”

“And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.”             (Mark 6:31)

Good Morning and Blessed Labor Day to You!   What are your plans today? Will you have precious time to spend with your family? Perhaps a cookout is in your plans, or a trip to the mountains, or a day at the beach, or maybe a movie or a nice dinner out. For many of us, “Labor Day” has become a welcome respite from the demands of our labors…an end of summer holiday to relax and refresh. God created us to labor for him, but he also intended that we take time to rest from those labors as well. In this passage from Mark, Jesus’ disciples had just returned from the mission their Master had sent them on, which is recorded in Mark 6: 6-12:  His instructions for that mission were to take nothing for their journey, except a mere staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belt— but to wear sandals; and He added, “Do not put on two tunics.” And He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave town. Any place that does not receive you or listen to you, as you go out from there, shake the dust off the soles of your feet for a testimony against them.” “The rest of the story”, as the late Paul Harvey would say, is that upon their return, Jesus called them to a place of rest. Doing God’s work is very important, but Jesus also recognized that to do it effectively will require periodic rest and renewal. One of the best ways I know of to do this is to spend significant time each day in prayer. Drawing away to the Lord is His invitation to find rest in him. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11;28) May this be a restful day for you. Come to Jesus. Come and rest in the Lord. Let’s pray!

God of Restoration: It is good to come to Your Throne of Grace and lay our burdens down. It is good to cast our cares upon You and find rest from our labors. In doing so, we are renewed to labor on as the time of labor returns…refreshed and renewed in body, soul, and spirit. Revive us, Lord, as we steal away to your presence this day. Amen!

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