Les & Crystal Tomlinson
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Having rest in ministry

Posted by lestom27 on July 10, 2013 at 9:45 AM

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Having rest in Ministry...


Rest, rest and more rest is what the doctor ordered.  A few weeks ago – I was having chest pain, so one thing lead to another and I found myself lying in a hospital bed for the day.  A place where none of us have a desire to spend our day, right?


They ran their test and performed cat scans and so forth, to say – your heart is good – but you need to learn how to rest and release stress, and get your blood pressure down.  I like to think I am a laid back guy – but it has been brought to my attention that I hold things in – which is not a good thing.


For many years, I have questioned, the meaning of rest in the Lord.  I am sure all of us have some view what it means and how to go about it.  I am sure many of us have had our ups and in downs within chasing after this rest.


For some, it might just actually mean to go on vacation.  For others, it could be a quiet place and relax.  For the extremist – bungee jumping off a bridge for the thrill.  Whatever it may be, there is still something at the core of our being that could slightly be misaligned if we are still struggling with not being at total peace in the ministry we are in.


This morning as I was waking up, I heard in my spirit “biblical rest is performing kingdom business while the yoke is easy and the burden is lite.” 


What is a yoke?  It is a wooden U shape cross member that connects two things together – mainly used in farming – plowing up the soil.  A farmer would “yoke” two animals together to make the work easier, more productive and save the animals energy so it could work longer.


If you are in ministry and you are finding that your day to day activities just wear you out and not seeing any spiritual fruit being produced from your time.  I would encourage you, to take a step back and find out what is keeping you outside of rest.  For being in the rest of God, doesn’t mean, that you stop ministering (unless the Lord points you in that direction.)


It means, get a clear vision.  Are you pulling spiritual weight that is not your “burden?”  Are you misaligned in your calling?  Are you performing works due to pressure of those around you?  Are you trying to accomplish things for the “kingdom” because you might think that is what you are called to do?


If your ministry is heavy, not enjoyable to be a part of, frustrating, or leads you away from feeling at peace, joy and love for the people.  You might be out of the rest of the Lord and not in His will at this time.


The flip side is, you can have a national ministry and be a total peace and relaxing in this rest – but find yourself performing conferences, book signings, meetings and so forth and have the strength to carry a smile all day.  It truly is possible to minister and have rest working along side of each other.  Remember, rest is performing kingdom business with an easy yoke and a lite burden!


Time some time and think about your ministry – is it easy and lite or is it weighing you down?


Father, may we all walk in your rest.  To have peace and joy in the ministry you called us into.  May we find the way to be yoked in the spirit that makes our journey pleasing to our father?



Les Tomlinson, Jr.


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