This instruction is demonstrated by Jesus in Matthew 8:19-22 and Luke 9:57-62. Jesus was not implying that burying our dead relatives was unimportant or something we shouldn’t do. Through hyperbola, He was drawing a comparison between the highest priority and every other activity and pursuit of life. In the same vain, Jesus said, “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).
We put ourselves under needless stress and become weary because Jesus is not our center. From that center, every other relationship and responsibility must become subject to Him. If we are too busy to maintain a close intimacy with the Lord, then we are allowing someone or something to eclipse His place. When this happens, we become weary from spiritual imbalance. This is so true in marriage. Selfish interests and trying to make others bend to my agenda will generate extreme weariness.
Paul reminds us to “not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9). Especially in marriage, it is vital to allow the Spirit to dictate our priorities, not just for reducing the weariness, but so we reap a harvest of righteousness and fruit for the Father’s glory.