Jesus said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quite place and get some rest.”
In Tommy Manning’s article, the former member of the U.S. Mountain Running Team emphasized a principle that dedicated athletes sometimes ignore—the body needs time to rest and rebuild after exercise. “Physiologically, the adaptations that occur as a result of training only happen during rest,” Manning wrote. “This means rest is as important as workouts.”
The same is true in our walk of faith and service. We need to understand the importance of rest in our lives spiritually. Regular times of rest are essential to avoid burnout and discouragement. Even Jesus sought spiritual balance during His life on Earth, even in the face of great demands. When His disciples returned from a strenuous time of teaching and healing others, “He said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest’” (Mark 6:31). But a large crowd followed them, so Jesus taught them and fed them with only five loaves and two fish (vv. 32–44). When everyone was gone, Jesus “went up on a mountainside to pray” (v. 46).
It always seems to go that way, doesn’t it? Right when we settle down for a nice relaxing night of Netflix and pizza, someone or something rears its head and says “NOPE!” Notice how Jesus handle that situation? He taught them, fed them, and then went away to pray. He still got the rest but he still got done what needed to be done. But His life and how He ended it was all about personal time with God the Father and prayer.
If our lives are defined by work, then what we do becomes less and less effective. Jesus invites us to regularly join Him in a quiet place to pray and get some rest.