When we are in full communion with God and doing exactly what be wants us to do in our lives, there may be people who completely disagree and others’ needs unmet. This is advice for all to live fully for God while listening to God to direct our paths…
At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Messiah. At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, there was much excitement which built up quickly and heavy demands on Jesus to heal and teach the people. We see that when Jesus was in the town of Capernaum, he healed Simon Peter’s mother and then many people came for healing that night. Jesus healed them and cast demons out of them. Healing was a core aspect of his ministry on earth. Jesus shared his gifting and power to heal in merciful ways with the people.
Yet somehow, there was a limit.
He didn’t heal everyone. In a move which is hard to believe and understand, Jesus told his disciples that they had to keep moving from town to town so that he could teach the good news everywhere. That’s why he came, he said to his followers.
Jesus did this after retreating to a solitary place which we learn from studying his life was his pattern of behavior. Jesus would spend much time with the people in public ministry and then retreat to spend time with his Father in prayer.
And so we see that there was balance in how he spent his time fulfilling ministry responsibilities and in how he invested in times of solitary retreat to recharge and reflect. I do not question that it was the Father, through the Spirit, who impressed upon Jesus to move on.
Jesus was fulfilling his Father’s purpose for him.
The people disagreed. They wanted more of him. They had more infirmities to heal. And still Jesus moved on.
When we are in full communion with God and doing exactly what be wants us to do in our lives, there may be people who completely disagree and others’ needs unmet. The balance of my life and ministry may leave others wanting.
This will be hard for the pleasers. And it is not carte blanche for the self-serving or those bent on their own ways. This is advice for all to live fully for God while listening to God to direct our paths.
Where is your solitary place? And where is your next town?