Reading this week’s Bible text - http://www.esvbible.org/Mark%208%3A1-10/ - I was struck by a thought as I read verse 10 - And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha. This verse seems pretty mundane but even in the mundane we can learn beautiful things about God/Jesus. Jesus was willing to go. He didn’t sit and wait for people to come to Him (although they often did). He didn’t have a ‘if we build it, they will come’ mentality. He was often on the move. He had the Word of God within Him and traveled far and wide to share it.
Just through the first 7+ chapters of Mark we can see at least 23 documented moves where Jesus encountered people…people like you and me. Here they are:
From The Jordan (1:5), to the wilderness (1:12), came to Galilee (1:14), into Capernaum (1:21), Peter’s house (1:29), in deserted places (1:45), back to Capernaum (2:1), back by the sea (2:13), Levi’s house (2:15), through the grain fields (2:23), the synagogue (3:1), to the sea (3:7), up on the mountain (3:13), by the sea (4:1), over to the other side (4:35), crossed over again (5:21), to His own country (6:1), to a deserted place where the multitudes could gather (6:32), to the other side (6:45), villages, the city and the country (6:56), the region of Tyre & Sidon (7:24), Decapolis (7:31), the region of Dalmanutha (8:10).
Early on in my ministry life, I published a little letter called ‘Have Bible, will travel’. It was a simple communication that I hoped would tell people that I wanted to come and share God’s Word with them. I recently made a friend who had a similar start to his own ministry. I didn’t realize it then, but this was a decent pattern of what Jesus had done. He had God’s Word and was willing to go to where the people where.
His tracing and re-tracing routes across the Sea of Galilee show us of His un-relenting pursuit of people for the Kingdom of God. He knew that His time on earth was measured and He desired to redeem every moment. What a driving force that can be for you and I. No matter our calling or station, we have a limited resource of time and we should invest it well rather than waiting for someone to come to us or something to happen. Do you have a ‘will travel’ attitude or a ‘it’ll come to me’ attitude? How could this attitude be adapted? Would a subtle change make a difference? Is a big change needed? Aren’t you glad that Jesus was willing to travel to the people and thus willing to travel to you?
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