The Bible is my life line. It’s what I live by. And if you didn’t know already, it speaks into just about every area of life…even getting up early! The hubby is going to share four areas about the early mornings that the Bible mentions. I knew he would do a much better job since he is the pastor in the family. And I love when he teaches…the man knows so much. But let me warn you now…he gets pretty passionate in his teaching, and possibly long winded:) Hang in there until the end because it’s worth it. Enjoy!
Setting the Pace
In Jesus’ day, He was known for both challenging the hypocritical leaders around Him, but also comforting the hurting individuals who were in need. Matthew 11 is a great example of where we see Him doing both back to back. In Matthew 11:28-30, we find one of the most comforting of all of Jesus’ teachings.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matt 11:28-30
The picture of taking on Jesus’ yoke is a reference to the way in which farmers would yoke together a young ox with an old ox. The reason was the old ox would train the younger one not to use up all its energy too quick. The experienced ox would set the pace for the inexperienced one. Jesus’ invitation is not only to give rest and comfort to the weary, but to teach us to walk in His pace of life!
I don’t know about you…but that’s what I need! I crave someone else setting the pace of life for me. Some mornings I wake up and long for the days when I had fewer responsibilities and the feeling that even if I failed, there really wasn’t much at risk. But that’s not the case. I have a family, a small group, other leaders and a community of people that rely on me leading and succeeding. You may not have my life and exact same set of responsibilities…but I know you carry a similar weight on your shoulders. Not only that…but because of the wonders of technology and our social media addictions, we get caught up believing that everyone else is carrying their load just fine! So in the midst of comparing our failures to everyone else’s highlight real of life, we look at the clock and realize, “Crap…I have 10 minutes to feed the kids and leave for school…and they’re still in bed.”
Feeling the pressure again? Good. That’s what Jesus wants. He wants you fully aware of the weight of responsibility on your shoulders. Why? So you can be grateful every morning when He takes it off and puts it on Himself. This is the invitation of Jesus that comes with every sunrise. “Good morning, my Beloved! Come let me lighten your load and teach you slow down.”
So what was His pace of life? Well, Mark 1:35-36 and Luke 5:15 give a pretty clear picture that whether Jesus was taking time just to be with close friends or feeding 5,000 people, He always started early in the morning. He got up early because He wanted to set the pace for Himself and those around Him. How are you setting the pace for those around you? Are going to bed early to be able to get up with Jesus? Here are a couple examples of things to pray as you start your day. You’ll be amazed at how different your day will feel when Jesus sets your pace.
- Jesus, here is my empty priority list for the day. Instead of making you a number on it, I want you in charge of it. Tell me what’s most important today.
- Jesus, what do I need to say “no” to today?
- Jesus, what do I need to enjoy today?
- Jesus, who do I need to make time for today?
- Jesus, what do you want me to learn today?
- Jesus, what do I need to change from yesterday?
So…who’s setting your pace?
More to come
There’s a lot more we can talk about from the Bible…but that was a long post (I think Megan warned you of that in the beginning)! So come back over the next few days and we’ll have three more lessons from the Bible about getting up early!