Thumbing through the pages, I stumbled upon Mark (I have read him before) but this time Jesus seemed different. New. Fresh. How could this be? Oh, this happens from time to time. My idea of Jesus gets flipped upside down as long as I stay in the word enough to remember… (human brains are fickle right?)
But in my heart I know why. The word is alive and if you go into it with an attitude of expectancy, there’s no telling what God might show you. That’s how this certain and fine Wednesday was. For some reason, this day — I saw Jesus a little more clearly.
Glance with me into the scope of the lens.
What do you see?
In Mark 6:30-31 we see that the disciples were all weary and hungry from teaching and making themselves available all day long. Jesus suggested they go and rest so they slipped away into a boat but the crowds who had heard of this had already beaten them to the shore they were headed to!
Talk about trapped!
Now some things happen in between the time they reach the shore and an amazing miracle is shared (a crowd of thousands and thousands were fed). But I want to zoom in on the after-part. After the people were filled to their heart’s content…
How Jesus Led
I read this differently the other day. And I can’t get it off my mind. That the God we love and serve left his kingdom to come to Earth to save us and do things like this….
45-46 “As soon as the meal was finished, Jesus insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead across to Bethsaida while he dismissed the congregation.”
Jesus stayed back to give hugs, shake hands, say good-bye and all the other things (we know the Bible doesn’t tell every single thing he did). He allowed the disciples to go get away for a while, which I am sure they were still looking forward to.
I don’t know why this boggles my mind so.
Probably because the selfish nature in me wants to argue, but that is too nice. Too selfless. Jesus, how could you possibly have strength to do this? Yet, I know he depended on His father for all things and he did not think of himself as more needy than others. Knowing his helpers were worn and needing quiet, he let them do this as he wrapped things up for the night.
I love how he models leadership for us. We all need a time of being filled and pouring out. A time of being refilled, of being poured into. He was this pitcher of water for the disciples. He poured into them by putting himself last. Yet after this, we read he went to the mountain alone to pray…so Jesus, too was fully man and did not trade this time of necessity with His father. He only saved it for a little while later.
Are there any traits of Jesus’ leadership that jump our at you? As we end September I will be sharing a few more leadership posts on Jesus….
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My favorite part that helped me to see more clearly, was this quote she shared from a pastor…
“There are some who live on a sliding scale between condemnation and acceptance. If health is buoyant and the heart is full of song, they are sure of their acceptance with God; but if the sun is darkened and the clouds return; when the heart is dull and sad, they imagine that they are under the ban of God’s displeasure. They forget that our standing in Christ Jesus is one thing; our appreciation and enjoyment of it quite another….” Click here to visit Beth’s blog and read the rest of this post and awesome quote!
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