Ps 104:25-37 or 104:25-32
1 Cor 12:4-13
Jn 20:19-23 or Jn 14:8-17
Fr. Nathan Baxter
A significant dimension of the gospel is the good news of Rest.
Jesus made a call to Rest part of his call into discipleship:
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30, The Message).
Genuine discipleship to Jesus will always involve rhythms of work and of rest.
So as we enter the summer season, take some time to get away with Jesus and think with him about your rhythms of rest and work.
In prayer and in conversation with trusted spiritual friends, explore with Jesus ways to recalibrate your life to move in the “unforced rhythms of grace.”
Consider your volunteering commitments here at ASAC.
Have any become “heavy or ill-fitting”? If so, consider whether Jesus is inviting you to lay down those responsibilities later this summer or in the fall.
Might Jesus be inviting you to “keep company with him” in a different area of service? If so, consider ways you might make room for that to begin later this summer or in the fall.
Consider your other off-work commitments: leisure habits and household rhythms.
Are you “with Jesus” in your habits of leisure? Are they means of “recovering your life” or simply means of numbing your weariness?
Are you “keeping company with Jesus and learning to live freely and lightly” in your household rhythms?
What adjustments and affirmations might Jesus by wanting you to receive?
Consider your regular work-responsibilities.
Are you “walking with Jesus and working with Jesus” in your responsibilities?
How might you begin to “watch how he does it”?
In all these things, may the Rest that Jesus leads us into provide the renewal for the Work he does with us and through us.