Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. Later Simon and the others went out to find him. When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.” But Jesus replied, “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came.” So he traveled throughout the region of Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and casting out demons.
So, the disciples woke up with a 'Which way did He go?' kind of a morning. They had to go on a search for Jesus. You can read more about why Jesus went to pray (and we we should too) at last week's post :http://www.thewayincasper.org/blog/2015/1/29/charged
Once they found Jesus they seem to have wanted Him to go back to Capernaum and reproduce yesterday's workload. Were the disciples (and the crowds) impatient for Jesus to do again what He had done the day before? How often do we place expectations upon God and others to 'do it again'? Have wrong expectations every got you into trouble?
The mighty miracles that Jesus performed the day before had drawn the crowds to Him so that He would now have a hard time navigating the cities. Do you ever feel the need for space? Jesus balanced His alone time (away in prayer) with His crowd time (teaching and healing). Which do you prefer and how do you strive to find that time? This can tell you a lot about how God has wired you.
If He were seeking fame or fortune He could have set up shop right there and let everyone come to Him...BUT...He was seeking the lost so He kept moving to where people where that had not heard the Good News of salvation. What impulse do you have when you have done something good and others notice? How do you handle times when you need to leave a good or comfortable spot because you feel there is another place that requires your attention?
Now, a word about the mission of the church (any church but especially speak of The Way)...our hopes are to always be sending out and multiplying...not just sitting and stagnant. Just as Jesus did not stay content with what He had done yesterday and with reaching the one town He had been in...neither will we. Our hopes are to be a part of starting new church's all over Wyoming. Did you know there are 65 communities in Wyoming with ZERO churches in them? Certainly, The Way is a church with a heart to reach Casper but we also have a heart to see The Way be a part of reaching many other places in this great state. Pray about this and let's see what God will do through us. What if God raises up church planters and missionaries from our church to 'go on to other towns and preach to them too'? Exciting stuff!