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Affluent Christian Investor | October 22, 2017

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You Don’t Need Rest

(Photo by mulmatsherm)(CC BY-SA) (Resized/Cropped)

(Photo by mulmatsherm)(CC BY-SA) (Resized/Cropped)

I have found that people of purpose are almost always busy, because situations that need that characteristic seem to find them. I have also found that people of purpose tend to earn their rest, yet they often don’t need their rest like everyone else does. Are you confused? I may be as well, but to find out if I am, you will need to read on.


Before Jesus met the woman at the well in John 4, He had sent the disciples away for lunch while He rested by the well. When the woman came, He engaged her in conversation and ended up revealing to her the secrets of her heart. She was so amazed that she went back to her village to bring others to “come and see a man who told me everything I ever did!” (John 4:29). When the disciples got back with food, they were surprised to see Jesus talking with this woman.

They were also surprised that Jesus was no longer hungry when they offered Him the food they had brought back with them. Jesus responded when offered something to eat, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work” (John 4:34). Jesus was hungry and tired when the disciples had departed. When they returned, He was energized and no longer hungry because He had been fulfilling His purpose of seeking and saving the lost.


Here are some lessons to remember from John 4:

  1. Purpose is sometimes better than food. What can you do and not worry about missing a meal? That may be an indication of what your purpose is.
  1. Purpose energizes you. It releases adrenaline, the good kind, that gives you the strength to work long and hard. You need rest, but usually you aren’t fatigued when you function in your purpose.
  1. Jesus didn’t go looking for the woman; she came to Him. Your purpose comes to you and it doesn’t always honor your space or need to be alone.  What task or group of people seem to find you.

Jesus added this comment after He said He had other food to eat that the men didn’t know anything about: “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest” (John 4:35). Jesus was not instituting Sabbath or rest principles; He was urging His followers to get busy!  Could He be telling you the same thing? What will you look for this week, rest or purpose? I urge you to seek purpose, for in purpose you may find the rest for which you have been so desperately seeking. Have a great week!


Originally published on The Monday Memo.

John Stanko was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Duquesne University where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics in 1972 and 1974 respectively.

Since then, John has served as an administrator, teacher, consultant, author, and pastor in his professional career. He holds a second master’s degree in pastoral ministries, and earned his Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh in 2011.

John founded a personal and leadership development company, called PurposeQuest, in 2001 and today travels the world to speak, consult and inspire leaders and people everywhere. From 2001-2008, he spent six months a year in Africa and still enjoys visiting and working on that continent, while teaching for Geneva College’s Masters of Organizational Leadership and the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most recently, John founded Urban Press, a publishing service designed to tell stories of the city, from the city and to the city.


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