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Friends in Christ Weekly Message
July 18, 2009

     The apostles then rendezvoused with Jesus and reported on all that they had done and taught. Jesus said, “Come off by yourselves; let's take a break and get a little rest.” For there was constant coming and going. They didn't even have time to eat.
     So they got in the boat and went off to a remote place by themselves. Someone saw them going and the word got around. From the surrounding towns people went out on foot, running, and got there ahead of them. When Jesus arrived, he saw this huge crowd. At the sight of them, his heart broke - like sheep with no shepherd they were. He went right to work teaching them.

Mark 6:30-34 (Message*)

It is good to take a rest from our labors, even of ministry. Jesus affirms that in this passage (as well as in others). He recognized that we need to recharge our spiritual batteries.

However, when a call to ministry occurs in the midst of our rest, we are not to ignore it. We may be tired, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't respond to an urgent need placed before us. We must rely on Christ to give us the strength to respond to the need despite our exhaustion.

Bill Samuel

* The Message version ©1993-2002 by Eugene H. Peterson.

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