Updated: Oct 7, 2021
Ok, actually He didn’t... but let me explain.
Each day we are inundated with catchy phrases like:
“Rise and Grind”
”Good Things Come to Those Who Grind”
and even well meaning Christians have coined terms like
“Wake. Pray. Grind”
”Hustle Hard for Jesus”
but is any of this biblical? Yes, we are called to work, but are we called to over exert, or crush, or reduce ourselves to nothing? ( <— actual definition of grind)
Are we designed to shove or roughly push ourselves or to aggressively obtain money? ( <— actual definition of hustle).
I don’t believe so. If we look throughout the Bible we see the significance of rest.
One of the 10 commandments passed down instituted the Sabbath- a day to keep holy and rest (Exodus 20:8-11)
Jesus went to sleep on a boat...during a storm...with a pillow and everything (Mark 4:38)
God created the entire world and on the seventh day He rested. He chilled. (Genesis 2:2)
And if we look at the passage of Jesus feeding the 5,000 in Mark 6 we see Him encouraging the disciples to get some rest.
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
Jesus understood the importance of rest. So why don't we? Let's maintain a focus on productivity without sacrificing rest.