Awakening Through Resting

Luke 10:20- “20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
By:Heath Haynes, Lead Pastor, The Bridge Montrose

May 29, 2019

Are you a morning person or a night owl? I am kind of both. I love staying up late, I always have. Evenings are when I am most naturally awake and am most productive. At the same time, even though I don’t like getting out of bed, once I do, I am full speed. It doesn’t matter how little sleep I get, I am ready to go once I finally stop hitting snooze and my feet hit the floor. Most of us find ourselves on one end or the other of the AM/PM spectrum. Here is the catch though, if you are not well rested getting decent hours of sleep regularly in a consistent rhythm, you will have a tendency to never really feel awake and fully alert. You will always be running on reserves in danger of petering out or, even worse, breaking down.

If we want to lead our churches to a spiritual awakening, we must first make sure that we are leading our churches to be well rested and to do that we must start with ourselves. Peter Scazzero in The Emotionally Healthy Leader presents four characteristics of unhealthy leadership. The third characteristic Scazzero presents is that “An unhealthy leader does more activity FOR God than their relationship WITH God can support.” As ministry leaders we must be ministry doers. However, if we truly want to see a move of God that goes beyond our strengths and giftings, we must learn to value our life with God over our life for God. After all, this is why Jesus came; to reconcile us back to Him into a deep eternal relationship.

Jesus calls us to the importance of remembering this in Luke 10. Here is the scene. The 72 had been sent out to proclaim that the Kingdom of God was near and to evidence this through the healing of the sick and lame. They have just returned after having been a part of an amazing experience of seeing God do many miracles. Needless to say, they are amped up as they give their reports. Can you imagine what this must have been like? How would you feel if you saw people healed and demons being subject to you as you ministered in Jesus name?! As they gather around Jesus, I can just hear them all talking so fast and loud telling story after story of the amazing things that had occurred through their ministry.

So what happens next? After Jesus reminds them of the call on their lives that He has given them, He reminds them of the most important thing. In verse 20, Jesus says, “Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Jesus reminds them that even though they will and must be a part of doing amazing things as they work in the Authority of the name of Jesus, the most important thing is that know God. We as leaders must pursue to elevate in our hearts and minds the call on our lives to know God over accomplishing things for Him..

We put much time and energy in our learning and planning of good things for ministry. But if we want to see a spiritual awakening in our city, it must start with us. For that to happen, we must get serious about slowing down and doing less so that we can learn to fully rest in God. This is the true and abiding reality with God the Father that we are promised in Christ. How often do you take real time in silence and solitude? What are the rhythms of your devotional life with God? Do you prioritize this kind of time or get to it when your schedule allows? Life and ministry is indeed busy but we are too busy not to make this relational time with God a matter of paramount importance. “Be Still and Know that I Am God...” Psalm 46:10a

Prayer

Lord, you are good and worthy of my whole life. Help me to see that the life you desire is not just about what I do. You desire me. I am grateful for the Kingdom purpose you have given me but help me to be even more grateful for our relationship. Grow my understanding and desire for what it is to fully rest in You. Give me courage to do less so that I can cultivate a deep relational life with you. Help this to be the spiritual awakening I desire for myself and the world around me. In Jesus’ name, Amen