Jesus was a popular guy, right? He could definitely draw the crowds and He even had a band of twelve disciples who He kept company with a lot of the time. But Luke 5:16 ( reminds us that this is not who Jesus was all the time.

We are all made differently and some of us enjoy having people around a lot of the time while others may prefer to be by ourselves a lot more.
But Jesus reminds us that even God needed a time out to recharge and reconnect and plug in to where He drew His power from. We should do the same.



Stop the taxi. Get off the treadmill. Put down the phone. Switch off the Play Station. Close the laptop. Stop studying (for now).

You were not created to be busy all the time. You were created for rest.

“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he (Jesus) said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest'”.
(Mark 6:31 –

The gift of rest is to remind you that you are not just a human ‘doing’ but a human-being.



“You are a human being not a human doing.” (Obey the Sabbath)

Have you read the creation story in Genesis? Have you read the 10 commandments?
On the seventh day after creating (working), God rested! He deemed resting so important that He made it one of the commandments!

Ecclesiastes 3 also speaks of various times. “A time to uprootA time to build”
It’s very good to work well, but one also needs to give your body a break and rest! That saying “work hard, play hard” needs to have “rest hard” added to it too.

You’re allowed to say no to some invitations. Don’t burn yourself out!
And sleep is also a good thing, the Proverbs tell us so here: