Tuesday Re-mix –
The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:30-31
“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
Every leader in the church, EVERY LEADER, must take seriously these words from Christ.
Even the secular world has figured out this eternal truth. Nobody wants a surgeon operating on them when that surgeon is in a state of exhaustion. Nobody wants a pilot flying their airplane when that pilot is sleep deprived. Nobody wants truck drivers operating 18-wheelers on our highways when they are falling asleep at the wheel. When none of us in our right minds would trust our physical well-being to an exhausted person, why do we trust our Spiritual well-being in the hands of an exhausted minister? More importantly, why, when we are the minister, would we think we can minister effectively when we are at the end of our rope physically?
I could fill this blog with true stories I have seen or heard about pastors burning their candle at both ends until they reach a point of burnout and end up doing serious damage to themselves, their families and even their congregants. You see, when our physical labor is ineffective because we are too tired, well, that’s just a waste of time and effort. But when MINISTRY is ineffective because the minister is physically spent, it is more than just a waste…it is harmful. Significant emotional and spiritual damage can occur. That, I believe, is why Jesus demonstrated for the disciples the need for rest even in ministry. Without rest, without emotional regeneration and physical restoration, even our Spiritual gifts become ineffective.
My pastor pulls away several times a year for just a day or two of quiet and solitude and prayer. I LOVE that he does that. I am convinced that his emotional stability and his effectiveness as a pastor depend on it. In fact, I am convinced that is true of every church leader.
So pastors, ministers, leaders…take a break, won’t you? Seriously.