Author: Sarah Rexford
The greatest servant who ever lived grew weary. Yet we are called to serve and sometimes we grow weary as well. What happens when we try to serve on empty? How do we keep our passion for service going?
Jesus is arguably the best example of humility, a generous heart, and leadership. He is a standout example of servant hood and one we are called to follow. For three decades he formed relationships with the outcasts of society, physically and spiritually serving countless who came to him.
Today, this continues. Only now we get to be his physical representation on earth. It is an honor, but sometimes a life of continuous serving can get tiring.
Rest is something we look forward to weekly. The Friday night where to-do lists are pushed off until Monday. The Saturday to catch up and get back on track. But often, serving opportunities come up.
That stranger at the grocery store.
The friend who connects after years of silence.
The child who just needs someone to play with him.
Psalm 62 talks about our soul finding rest in God alone. Not in a Friday night movie or a Saturday sleep-in. Though these can be good things, they do not necessarily provide rest for our souls.
Jesus made a conscious effort to spend time, late at night or early in the morning, alone with God. His soul found rest in this way.
The rest he found from God gave him strength for another full day of service.
We are called to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, serving those around us with a spirit of joy. But our calling does not stop there. We are also called to rest. To find this rest in God alone. Rest for our spirit, our soul, our body.
When we live relying and resting on God, we will be better equipped and sustained to serve those he brings into our life.
As we answer the call to help refuges.
As we show compassion by volunteering time to craft handmade items for those in need.
As we share the gospel, providing not just for the body but the soul.
And in so many other areas!
Just like Jesus showed, we too should find our rest in God.
Then we will find true joy in serving.
Then our passion for serving will be renewed…
And our impact on the world will deepen!