Mark 6:31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.
32 And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.
Most Christians know the commandment of Christ given to the apostles to go “into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15), but far too few recognize the same Lord commanded these same apostles to separate themselves “into a desert place, and rest a while” (Mark 6:31). It is better to obediently rest than to prematurely burn out in the service of God. It has been said that one will either come apart (in rest) or he will come apart in spiritual disintegration. The Lord obviously wanted to demonstrate this truth and commanded the disciples to separate themselves for the purpose of finding some rest. The disciples obeyed and departed into a desert place. Each believer today should examine whether he or she is obeying this command of the Lord.
• (For children): Jesus cared for His disciples and wanted them to rest (cp. Psalm 23:1-2a). If they did not, He knew they would become frustrated with their work as did Martha (Luke 10:38-42). He brought them to a desert place (no distractions) so they could be with Him (Psalm 46:10a).
• (For everyone): Are you burnt out in the work of God? Are you presently going through the motions and doing so in the strength of the flesh rather than joyfully doing God’s work God’s way?
• When is the last time you withdrew yourself into a “desert place” to rest for a while? Do you feel guilty when you require some time away from the work of God?
• Thank the Lord for showing you your need for rest.
• Ask God to help you know when it is time for rest.
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