- The Jesus rhythm -learning to follow the pace and example of Jesus.
Bold Claim: Most of our problems are either caused or made worse because we are moving too fast, for too long. An unhealthy pace is one of the greatest threats to a healthy life.
- An unhealthy pace is one of the greatest threats to individuals and communities in American culture. – Pace/busy – can destroy relationships and quality of life.
- Marriage issues – not enough time
- Money issues – impulse buys, and lack of focus. (9-10pm impulse buy time)
- Friendships – Men – Investing in relationships takes time. Don’t live lonely issolated lives, because “you don’t have time.”
When asked “How are you doing?
2 Reasons people stay busy…
- If I’m busy, I’m important.
- If I slow down, I’ll have to be honest with what is really happening in my life.
- Staying busy is cheap medication for the issues in our lives. “Pace hides the pain.”
Matthew 11:28-30 – Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 ESV
- Listen to what they say – and pay attention to what they do (Jesus).
- Jesus repeats himself in the same verse – i.e. Jesus is yelling at us.
Luke 5:15-16 – But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray. (Luke 5:15-16 ESV)
But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer. (Luke 5:16 NLT)
- Jesus maintained a crazy busy schedule (speaking & giving of himself)…but he would withdraw…to pray.
- Jesus didn’t have time to take off.
- We are not forsaking our responsibilites when we rest.
- It is for the sake of what God has called us to do that we rest.
- What allows us to be more productive – intentional rest and scriptural/spiritual meditation.
3 Choices that will allow the oxygen of Heaven to fill us in a new way.
1. Sabbaths are for rest: – We must have a regular time of rest.
- We must protest against our innate faith in our self-sufficiency.
- We must rebel against our desires to do it ourselves.
- Out of obediance to Christ – we must withdraw.
- An act of faith. Protest against the world’s “fear of falling behind.”
- It is Jesus who increases us and not ourselves.
2. Vacations are for recreation: – Not rest.
- In addition to rest…we need to have fun.
- The Work Martyr complex. – busyness has become a badge of honor.
- 40% of Americans do not use all their vacation days – 400 million paid vacation days go unused.
- We cannot get time back. Invest in relationships – have fun with friends and family while you can.
- Jesus found “lonely places.” A place where he was unable to be reached, or observed, or observe social media.
3. Pray – Jesus withdrew – not only to rest, but to pray.
- One day while Jesus was teaching, some Pharisees and teachers of religious law were sitting nearby. (It seemed that these men showed up from every village in all Galilee and Judea, as well as from Jerusalem.) And the Lord’s healing power was strongly with Jesus. (Luke 5:17 NLT)
- Following the “lonely places” – the Lord’s healing power was strongly with Jesus!!
- Notice – the crowds didn’t disappear because Jesus withdrew. They were still there when Jesus came back.
- Jesus didn’t “waste” his sabbath relaxation – He was intentional and purposeful in investing in his spiritual relationship with his father.
- When God is present in our rest he becomes more present in our work!
- Jesus modeled a rhythm of behavior for his disciples, and for us, that we need to follow.