Mark 3: 20-21 “Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. 21 When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”
His ‘family’ were his relatives but also friends of the family as some translations have it. It could be that his immediate family had sent them to him.
The ones closest to you can sometimes because of their love for you try and pull you away from what God has purposed in your life.
It had become obvious that the work of Jesus was now mushrooming out of proportion. His job description was getting too big. Reports of him leaving early in the morning whilst everyone was asleep, spending whole nights awake in prayer, crowds pressing on his time again and again and now they are hearing he is not even having time to eat. It all left his ‘family’ concerned for his physical and mental well-being. They thought he was going to burn-out. He needed time out. The Lord of the Sabbath needed a sabbatical.
There has to be balance and I believe strongly in rest and working out from a good relationship with God. Much is being said about working from your rest these days instead of resting from your work.
The truth is that some of those who are so-called experts at spotting possible burn-out in people are actually bone-idle. They wake up late, they do a few things during the day and they spend every evening in front of the television. They are tired from not doing much. Their mental strain is because they have no mental activity that is stretching them.
My advice is:
- Never let the idle stop you from working hard.
- Doing the work of God may mean your sleep and eating patterns are affected, that is okay. Fasting isn’t wrong for example.
- Don’t let people who love you the most make the decision for what is the norm for you, they will always err on the easy side.
- You can get tired from doing nothing so you may as well be tired from a good day’s work.
- Get ready to make some adjustments, weigh up all the voices and make a response.