In these verses we find the apostles returning from a preaching mission Jesus sent them on in verse 7:
- They are held accountable for their actions, as well as their activities.
- They gave account to the Lord, Himself, teaching us that we too, must give account of our actions.
Matthew 12:36, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”
Romans 14:12, “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”
So how can we properly prioritize our actions and activities?
REFLECT ON YOUR ACTIVITIES FOR THE DAY, WEEK, MONTH AND YEAR VERSE 30.
“And the apostles gathered themselves together.” That is, those whom he had sent out two and two, verse 7.
Having traveled around the country, they returned and met Jesus at Capernaum.
- Realize you too, must give account.
- Realize that every job is important to God.
GET AWAY BY YOURSELF AND REST AWHILE VERSE 31.
“A desert place.” A quiet place, across the sea from Capernaum, where they would be free from interruption.
“Rest a while.” Rest is necessary for those of us who labour; and someone said, “A zealous preacher of the Gospel will as often stand in need of it as a galley slave.”
“Coming and going.” Coming to be healed and resting, or coming to hear Him preach. Meaning: there were multitudes of people attending His preaching.