Renew – Week of June 10, 2019

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

Americans are addicted to work. When meeting up with a friend for coffee, often the common question is, “How have you been?” The common answer is, “Busy.” We take pride in our busyness. We somehow feel that the busier we are, the more important we must be. Being a hard worker is a quality personality trait, but being a workaholic is not.

It is important during these quieter summer months to take time to renew your mind, body, and faith. Your job of training young children to follow Jesus is so important. Being overworked, stressed, and letting our faith grow weak is not being a faithful servant. There is only one solution to this: Jesus.

We can find comfort in Jesus’ life. Jesus was a hard worker. He preached from dawn until dusk. He went from town to town healing, teaching, and training his disciples. His work was very important. In fact, it was the most important work ever done. But even Jesus took time away from his work. He would go somewhere secluded with his friends or even wander off alone to speak with his Father. He needed to renew his strength and faith, so he could continue to serve others. That life is your life. Jesus lived it perfectly for you and it became your life at your baptism when Jesus took his perfection and put it on you.

We find encouragement in Jesus’ life. We find comfort in Jesus’ death. There Jesus paid for all sins for all time, which also became yours at your baptism. He forgives us for the times we fail to trust in him. He forgives us for the times we forget to draw from God’s word. He forgives us when we become prideful of our own work and neglect to reflect him in all we do.

The hope that we find in Jesus’ life and death renews our hearts and fills us with peace and joy. Only when we are filled with those things will they overflow onto the children that we teach.

So, how are you? It’s good to be busy. It’s a blessing and privilege to have so much to do for him. Find time to step away and spend time with Jesus. Because of Jesus, we can find joy in all we do. With grateful hearts we can respond to this question reflecting the blessings of being busy for him.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, continue to fill me with your love, joy, and peace. May I be a light to others as I go about my work of serving you. Amen.

A Question to Consider: What are simple ways that you can intentionally step away and spend some time with Jesus? Is there a quiet room in your home? A spot in a nearby park or in your yard where you can renew your spirit through prayer? When the inevitable question comes and we are tempted to say how busy we are, how can we respond? Ponder this and consider how you can respond in a way that reflects the joy of being busy serving Jesus.

Reprinted from June 13, 2016

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