And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he (Jesus) went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. And Simon, and they that were with him, followed after him. And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee. And he said unto them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.” - Mark 1:35-38
Jesus is a get-it-done sort of fella. Jesus was in Capernaum and the Bible says IMMEDIATELY He started teaching in the synagogue, He visited Peter’s house and healed Peter’s mother in law. By this time word had gotten out that Jesus was healing people in Capernaum, EVERYONE started coming out. They were bringing the sick, demonized, anyone who wanted what Jesus was handing out. Not a bad day in the life of The Messiah.
Can you imagine going to school, work or just to visit a family member and you start operating in this power of God’s love the way Jesus was? Then others start coming and hitting you up to pray for them and heal them. Isn’t this what we pray for? Isn’t this the revival we contend for?
The next part I love the most. See Jesus didn’t “do the stuff” and then sleep in until noon because He had a long night of ministry. It says He got up early and went somewhere alone, where no one else was. He was undoubtedly trying to get alone with Father God. But the people wouldn’t leave him alone; as a matter of fact they followed Him only to tell Him that the city was looking for Him. You see, Capernaum was on FIRE! Revival had broken out, and Peter and the gang were pretty pumped up (as you can imagine). But Jesus had other plans. Jesus said, “Let’s roll.”
So revival is breaking out..demons being cast out…people getting healed. Jesus is preaching and He wants to leave?
Jesus’ answer to the crowds of people asking Him to return from his place of early morning prayer was simply, “No”. Jesus said no, because He said Yes.
You see, Jesus is on a journey throughout Galilee and He’s got somewhere to be…Jerusalem. Jesus said YES to the cross and He had somewhere to be. Now along the way He gets interrupted, so He stops and teaches, answers questions, heals, serves, loves and does all the amazing things we read about. But He never lost focus of that ONE purpose. Jesus is focused and is very clear on what His life is about. He has set up boundaries so that He can accomplish what He said yes to. This crowd of people surrounded him. He was doing good things. Now there’s a crowd with expectations and his disciples aren’t sure what to do. So Jesus goes and talks with His Father because there is no doubt that He is also desiring to stay and minister longer in Capernaum, but listening to God’s voice over the voice of crowd allowed Jesus to stay on track. Jesus never does anything out of obligation.
Have you ever had the expectations of others dictate what you do? When was the last time you got to retreat and listen to the Father?
Jesus could have easily of stayed with his disciples and “managed” what had happened in Capernaum. But the Father knew that Jesus had other things ahead. What was happening was good, but it wasn’t what was best. It’s when we become so busy doing all these good things, managing what is good, that we have no energy left for the ONE thing.
Are you living life with purpose? Are the crowds and expectations of people controlling you and your “ministry?”
Revelation chapter 2 is a letter to a church of Ephesus and the first part of the letter is about how awesome the church does is at what it does. But then the letter takes a turn and the Lord begins to say “I like how you’ve managed your church, but you forgot Me…return to your first love.” Return to intimacy with ME! Retreat and seek Me.
Family, revival IS happening and it’s just going to get more amazing. We cannot allow ourselves to be infatuated and influenced by expectations of crowds and “ministry.” We must remember what our YES to the Lord is. Sometimes it’s ok to say NO to good things to pursue the ONE thing. So as you journey to the destiny and purpose of your YES may you stop along the way and allow the interruptions of ministering God’s love encourage you. And may you have the courage to say NO because you’ve already said YES.