On today’s edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian discusses the need for the believer (especially those in apologetics, theology, and ministry) to take regular intervals of rest. So much is transpiring in society that one can become overwhelmed with all the issues. God has given the believer the opportunity and blessing in taking rest. Rest is critical for a person’s health, emotional, and spiritual wellness.
1. Rest is biblical. Jesus took times of rest to be alone with God the Father (Mark 1:35). God rested on the seventh day in order to provide humanity a model for rest (Genesis 2:1-2). In the law, God gave the people a year of rest on the Year of Jubilees (Leviticus 25:10-13). If God focused so much on his people having times of rest, then we should take advantage of a time of rest.
2. Rest is refreshing. Looking back at Mark 1, Jesus was refreshed by his personal time with God. He had just endured a 40-day time of testing with Satan. It was crucial for him to take a refreshing break with his Father.
3. Rest is refocusing. When Jesus took time with his Father and rested, he was refocused on his ministry in Galilee. Peter found Jesus and Jesus said, “Let’s go on to the neighboring villages so that I may preach there too. This is why I have come” (Mark 1:38, CSB). Rest helps us do the same. It refocuses us on the ministry that God has given us.
4. Rest is preventative. Regular times of rest prevents us from burning out in our ministry. If we stay on the go all the time, we will drain ourselves and will become ineffective. Moses tried to do too much. His wise father-in-law, Jethro, encouraged him to let others help him lead, saying, “What you’re doing is not good…You will certainly wear out both yourself and these people who are with you, because the task is too heavy for you. You can’t do it alone” (Exodus 18:17-18).
In addition, Brian will discuss taking the Miller’s Analogy Test, comment on the article posted last Thursday titled “10 Signs of a Cultic Church,” and will respond to the objections of an atheist on Twitter.
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