Marketplace Devotion 2016/06/19

In the Boat with Jesus

Mark 6:30-32

The apostles then rendezvoused with Jesus and reported on all that they had done and taught. Jesus said, “Come off by yourselves; let’s take a break and get a little rest.” For there was constant coming and going. They didn’t even have time to eat. So they got in the boat and went off to a remote place by themselves.

(Mark 6:30-32, the Message)

Last week we saw how the disciples quietly got in a boat with Jesus and left the crowds for a remote place. They needed a break! We also heard how Jesus extends to us the same invitation. So here we are in the boat with our Master.

All is calm on the lake as we pull away from shore. Relief! We notice that there are quite a few people in the boat, all hoping for attention from Jesus. But somehow you see the Master sitting next to you, intently looking into your eyes, ready to listen and respond. What might you want to say to him? Would you be so tired that all you want is close your eyes and take a nap? Would you like to thank him for something? Do you have a whole series of questions? Complaints? Or are you in despair and about to give up? Don’t worry, he’s got time for you.

You hear someone ask, “There are so many needs out there, why waste time going off into retreat?”

Then you hear snoring. Someone’s already dozed off. He’s just too tired.

You still find Jesus smiling at us, looking at you. “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30, the Message)

Yes! We want to live and work like Jesus. We want to be godly and obedient, and give up everything. So we must learn to admit our physical and spiritual needs. Like Jesus, we need to take a step of faith and just stop. We enter Sabbath rest and receive the comfort that comes from our Father in heaven. Yes! Our Father is the Lord God, who does as He pleases. So take heart. Relax.

Practice:

  1. Create space in your daily routine. Set apart 2-3 minutes in the morning, afternoon and evening and sit quietly before the Lord. Acknowledge that Jesus is Lord (Ps 46:10). Allow him to smile on you, and give you peace.
  2. What do you have to say to Jesus today?
  3. Invite the Holy Spirit to be your Partner @ Work. Ask for wisdom and insight to deal with today’s challenges.

Prayer:

“Lord Jesus, I know and understand what the Bible says, but I’m stuck. Please help me. Amen.”