A month or so ago, I was standing in line at a local bakery on a Monday. This Monday happened to be President’s Day. While waiting for my breakfast order, two pastors walked up to the counter (I know this is starting out like a joke, I wish it was) and the ladies said, “Good morning, you guys off work today?” One of the pastors said, “Oh no, not us, we are pastors.” His friend chimed in, “Yeah, everyday is a work day for us, and our reward someday will be an all day church service in the sky.” I won’t even get into this bad theology on the Heaven, but the workday piece needs addressing.
It’s no wonder we have a distorted view of ‘rest’ when our pastors are often some of the worst at taking a break. Before we are quick to blame them, we are the ones primarily responsible for their work habits. We want them to answer every question, meet every need, and provide every possible program to help lead to the spiritual health. Essentially, we ask them to play the role of God. Many spiritual leaders like being needed so they cater to our every need and in the process sacrifice their own well-being. Unfortunately, in doing this, they (and the rest of us) are blatantly ignoring the Lord’s command: “You have six days in which to do your work but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to me. On that day no one is to work.” (Exodus 20:9)
None of us are so important that we can’t take a day off. I know this is a tough reality to face, but it’s the truth. The sooner we believe this and begin to live as if we believe it, the healthier our lives will be.