1 Thessalonians 4:11 says, ‘…make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you’.
Contrary to modern day, western culture, scripture actually tells us that we need to be intentional about seeking peace and space in our life.
Constantly generating and celebrating a busy lifestyle is not God’s way. Often a busy life can be created in an effort to appease something in us. Maybe it is trying to prove something? Or keep people happy? You can even be busy with really good things!
Jesus made rest and time alone a priority. He understood that you cannot generate anything in your public life that you aren’t cultivating in your private life.
Just a few examples of Jesus making space in scripture are:
‘Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed’ (Mark 1:35).
‘But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed’ (Luke 5:15-16; see also Mark 1:45).
‘Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed’ (Mark 3:7).
‘Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake’ (Matthew 13:1-3. See also Mark 4:1).
‘When Jesus heard (that John the Baptist had been beheaded), he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place” (Matthew 14:13).
‘Because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, (Jesus) said to (his disciples), ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place’ (Mark 6:31-32).
‘After (Jesus) had dismissed (the crowds), he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was (still) there’ (Matthew 14:23).
There was always a demand on Jesus. There were always people after Him. He could have easily burnt out trying to please people, but He knew the value of tending to His own soul, before he would tend to others.
If the son of God made getting alone to recharge a priority, how much more do we, in an age where being busy is glorified, need to be okay with cultivating rest? Become comfortable with drawing away to make space in your life without feeling guilt. To unplug and refuel is a Godly principle.
Just incase you are still thinking you are beyond rest, don’t forget that God Himself of the seventh day of creation rested!
Referring back to the verse I started with, when we are encouraged to ‘mind our own business’, it is an encouragement to focus on what is yours for this season. Don’t get caught up in everything you could be doing, involving yourself in all sorts of business. Rather, steward what is yours to do for now and do it well!
A daily devotion for a better way of living.