…”Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31
HOW ARE WE RSVPing?
Anyone else just too busy?! I mean, are you too finding yourself at times running circles around that chicken with no head! Well I think Jesus and His disciples could easily have found themselves in that same arena as we see in the first part of verse 31 in Mark 6 it states, Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat…
Mark 6 depicts rejection from friends and family, teaching from village to village, casting out demons, healing the sick, the death of a deeply important friend… I mean talk about a taxing full agenda! Jesus invites them to come away with Him and get some rest… we too have been given that same invite (Matt. 11:28, James 4:8). We are not more busy than Jesus and the disciples so how are we RSVPing? It may take some strategic planning to make sure Jesus is at the top of our agenda but the dividends will be exponential (Job 32:8, John 3:34, Isaiah 40:31)!
WHEN OUR AGENDA IS JILTED, THEN WHAT?
So in this instance in Mark 6 they are strategic in planning to get some time away when verse 33 states, But many people recognized them and saw them leaving, and people from many towns ran ahead along the shore and got there ahead of them. So their great plan for a little R&R was interrupted. How do we respond when our perfect plan or to-do list get’s jilted?
Verse 34 shows us Jesus response, Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat and just lost it, I mean just yelled, screamed and locked himself in the nearest cave – ya no. He had the COMPASSION REACTION! …he stepped from the boat, and had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
The compassion reaction sees with eyes of grace and mercy and love and is fueled by the Spirit within us. He stepped out and immediately was fixed on their needs rather than His own. But what does Isaiah 58:10 say?
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs for the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.
I wonder if in our me-centered world half our depleted problem is our self focus?! How much of our busyness is motivated truly and purely to meet the needs of someone else in need?
Jesus, give me Your compassion reaction when my own self-centered agenda is jilted.
To which I think He may respond with…
HOW MUCH BREAD DO YOU HAVE?
Mark 6 also contains the miracle feeding of 5000 but Jesus asks the flabbergasted disciples to feed them! They are like, WHAT!!??! Jesus then asks in verse 38, How much bread do you have?
Jesus says He is the Bread of Life in John 6:35. Maybe what He is asking them is how much of Me do you have… do you know… do you trust? To the measure we have filled of Him will be the measure we can pour out on others.
The disciples go and find actual bread, but not much, only 5 loaves. Yet they offer up what they have and yet in-spite of how meager their offering, God doesn’t laugh, but receives it, and feeds 5000 with basket fulls left over!!!
You may not think you know much Scripture, or you only just began your relationship with Jesus, or you just don’t have the equipping for (—) you fill in that blank.
Dear one, it’s not about how much you have, but in Who’s hands you place “it”. Remember it wasn’t the disciples that fed the 5000 it was Jesus, He just wanted to involve them in the process. The bigger the gap in our inadequacy the more Jesus get’s a chance to fill us up!
Jesus wants to be your Bread of Life and you can have as much of Him as you like – He gives without limit to ALL who would believe and receive Him (John 3:16)!
HAVE YOU INVITED HIM?
Finally we see the example we are to follow in Jesus once again in His diligent pursuit of R&R with His Heavenly Father. Verse 46 states, After telling everyone good-bye, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Sometimes we just need to excuse ourselves in order to attend the more important task of just sitting at the feet of Jesus, filling up on the Bread of Life.
During His time with the Father, life still was spinning around Him yet He didn’t miss a beat. When Jesus is our biggest distraction we will not miss a beat of what is truly important either. We can’t fix our eyes on others well, unless our eyes are truly fixed on Him first (Hebrews 12:2).
Jesus notices the disciples struggling in a boat on the water so in only “Jesus style” He just walks out there on the water of course and verse 51 states, Then he climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed –
Totally amazed for sure! We can’t see wind can we but when Jesus gets in your boat the look of your storm may not change but the torrents of wind you feel raging within you can receive a peace that passes understanding (Phil. 4:7) and THAT is totally amazing!
You are invited… RSVP today accepting, and receiving Him, the Bread of Life, into your boat – it will be totally amazing!
Independent Read: Revelation 3:20