As preachers who want to proclaim the Good News, the whole counsel of God, we are always in pursuit of how Jesus would have us teach His people. As well, we are interested in how He would handle the pressures of this life.
When we observe His life, we find Him nearly always with the people. We see Him healing the sick, we hear Him teaching the multitudes, and we watch Him as He spends time with the disenfranchised, the outcasts of society.
For those of us in ministry, this serves as a constant reminder that if we want to reach people with the Gospel, we must also spend time with people. We will not be able to relate the incredible saving message to those who are hurting if we are always holed up in an office somewhere.
However, there were times when even the Son of God recognized the need to be alone. He found time in the middle of His extremely busy life to get away from the masses and commune with His Father.
In our study of Luke 8 this week, we noted that before calming the storm on the sea, Jesus was in the boat resting. If the perfect, sinless Lamb of God needed rest, so do we. If He saw the need to spend time alone with His Father, we should do the same.
Dear brothers, as we find ourselves busy about the Lord’s work this week, let’s be certain that we don’t leave God out of the equation of our life. We need time every day to be alone with God. We need the proper rest if we are going to be fully equipped to help others find the Savior.
May God bless you with a wonderful week in His service.