As I was beginning today’s Salt & Light devotional I was sidetracked by this quick message. I know it is for me, is it for you too? John 6:15 reads,
“Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.”
After the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus had gone to be by Himself. He did this often. He worked hard and ministered to many people but He also made sure to spend time with God. Jesus was in perfect communion with God, since He is God and He is the exact image of God but He still needed time when He could simply concentrate on that relationship. He was also giving us an example. If Jesus who was perfect benefited from time alone with God and rest, how much more so can you and I benefit from this practice?
Why are so many of us quick to say yes to every favor asked of us and spread ourselves much too thin in the name of Jesus, when Jesus didn’t say yes to every request made of Him and understood the importance of His own spiritual life and physical well-being. The world may look at you with awe when you work your fingers to the bone for others, but there is no honor and glory for God in those situations. It is you getting the glory. And if you do not understand when to say no you could been be contributing to someone’s detriment and taking away the blessings they might have experienced when they had to trust God to meet their needs rather than you.