Scripture Mark 1:35-39
35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”
38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” 39 So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
- Jesus prays first thing in the day before anything else: VERY early and still dark when he does so
- Jesus went elsewhere to pray
- Interesting – Simon and the others do not do the same thing?
- Jesus says they will go somewhere else to preach to fulfill his mission
It’s been raining all night and much of the day is forecast to be the same. What I wanted to do is stay in bed where it is dry and warm But the demands of the day – taking my son to school, work, commitments this evening all mean having to get up and get going.
Jesus gets up and gets going in this story from the early days of his ministry. He gets up early to pray (something I need to return to doing) and goes somewhere else to pray. He then tells the disciples that they must get up and go somewhere else to preach because that is what he was sent to do.
I wonder if Jesus means not only that he was sent to preach but that the Messiah who was sent knows he mus go – to new places, to new people, to new fields where he has not yet been.
I want to stay where it is comfortable and where people like me – where it is warm and dry. But to follow Jesus means to go. To go to pray – to let prayer drive us away from where we are to where God wants us to be. To follow a Savior who was sent means to be sent ourselves. Even if I stay in the same physical place for many years, there are “places” to go that are new: opportunities, changes in me, new relationships to make.
Lord, today may my prayers lead me to the next place you want me to go. Remind me of my purpose and mission in following Your Son and in imitating him by also going and moving. May I look today for new places and new things to do where you would have me go. Amen.