Not a Tame Savior
Today, reflect on God’s greatness and goodness, and then pray and praise him in awe and worship.
Read Mark 1:35-39
 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. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectHow did Jesus prepare for his demanding ministry?
Imagine you are Simon at this point. You have met this compelling figure and followed him, abandoning your livelihood. You have seen him heal your mother-in-law, and crowds are gathering at your house to be healed and delivered by him. It’s exciting and frightening all at once because he is still a bit of an unknown, unpredictable person. You might think the healings and miracles are the best part. You might want to see more of them, too. In fact, you might hope for the total transformation of Capernaum, your town, so it would no longer be the butt of jokes. Jesus, however, has a different agenda. He is aware of his life’s mission and it moves him on, but it also takes him deeper. His time with his Father in prayer was the source for the direction of his ministry. We can tend towards either pushing forward with new ministry opportunities or spending deep time with God, depending on our personalities. Jesus models the necessity of doing both. Some of us are energized by constant activity and some of us prefer regular, quiet meditation. Jesus calls us to a fruitful balance.
Are you energized by moving forward or going deeper? Ask God to help you achieve a fruitful balance.
Lord Jesus, You are the model of fruitful, balanced living. Help me to follow Your example in my daily life.