October 30, 2017
Read: Luke 5
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Scripture- Luke 5:15-16- But despite Jesus’ instructions, the report of his power spread even faster, and vast crowds came to hear him preach and to be healed of their diseases. But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.
Observations- Here we see great crowds pressing in on Jesus clamoring for His attention, for they wanted the benefit of the miracles, signs, and wonders He was able to perform. Jesus also, however, modeled for His disciples the need to withdraw from the crowds to be quiet and still to connect more deeply with His Father.
Application- The point isn't for us to live a "balanced life" whatever that means; rather the point is for us to live a passionate life of joyful service with and for the Lord as we have a clear understanding of our own limits and needs. The good news about "burning out" is that we at least knew we were once on fire, but the even better news is doing what is necessary to keep the fire in our soul burning brightly for Jesus, which will often require us to "withdraw to the wilderness to pray."
Prayer- Lord, I want to burn brightly for You, but I don't want to burn out. Please help me see my own limits and needs of what I need to do to stay so connected with You in private that I am able to serve You publicly. Let Your joy flow into me and through me for Your glory. Help us become a church that understands the rhythm of engaging and withdrawing for Jesus' sake and our own. Amen.
"O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning." (Psalm 5:1),
P. S. - Thanks to everyone who helped make the Annual Fall Festival a great success!