Last year I got to put on a women's conference (with some other incredible women) and I just loved it.
I really enjoy stuff like that. I love speaking and organizing schedules and dreaming of how to help women get closer to the Lord. But this year Austin said our family just doesn't have enough extra energy or time for me to organize it again. I respect that He values our family, though it's so hard to say "No" to such a good thing.
Have you ever been in a situation like that? Had to say no to something really good. Or had to say no to someone who really needed you?
"As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon's mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them. That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was." Mark 1:29-34
So when Jesus was done teaching on the Sabbath in the synagogue, He heads over to Simon (Peter) and Andrew's, His new home base for ministry. Picture Jesus with these guys walking on the dirt road after church to the house just a couple blocks away. They arrive at the big house, with many rooms and an open shared area. They get home, probably hungry. Perhaps that's why the brothers start talking about Peter's wife's mom and how's she sick. Perhaps she was the good cook in the house and the brothers had no idea what to make for Jesus for lunch. I don't know, but perhaps that's why they bring it up. Then Jesus in His awesome-ness gets up and approaches the sick mother-in-law and heals her. She gets up and starts making them lunch. Word gets out that she is healed and tons of people from this small 1,000-1,500 people town descend on the house wanting Jesus to heal their friends and family members too. Jesus spends the whole night healing people. He must have been exhausted.
"Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: "Everyone is looking for you!" Jesus replied, "Let us go somewhere else--to the nearby villages--so I can preach there also. That is why I have come." So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons." Mark 1:35-39
After a late night of giving all of Himself, He gets up early to spend time with the Father. Beautiful! But then the super crazy part! A whole ton of people are at the house again looking for Him to heal their friends and family. A ton of people need Jesus but does what He does shock you? He LEAVES! He leaves these people who need Him. Why? Because the mission was get squished out of being His primary focus and healing people was becoming central. So in order for the mission to become central and healing just to be a supplement, a way to prove He was God, a way to serve the mission, He changes His location. And that required saying no to people who needed Him, making it obvious that not every need is a calling.
Isn't that freeing? To be able to say No, knowing that just because there is a need, that doesn't mean your always the one God wants to meet the need.
Here's a video where I talk about how to follow Jesus' example and keep the mission central in our own life.
and PS, since I talked about Jesus getting up early to spend time with the Lord, did you see my new video sharing tips on spending quality time with the Lord and getting the more out of reading the Bible? Check it out.
More in this series
A Glimpse of the Wow-ing God 1:1-8
I was Ruined for Anything Else 1:16-18
Amazed and wanting to throw off a cliff. 1:21-28
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