Show me Jesus, Father, and show others the Jesus in me.
“…Some days are just like that…even in Australia.” That’s how that fun little book “Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No-Good Really Bad Day” ends. All day long Alexander faces frustrations and challenges, while continually wishing he could move to Australia to get away from it all. By the end of the day, he learns to accept that some days are just like that no matter where one lives.
Lord, from this chapter, it looks like even You faced some challenging and frustrating days, when lots of little challenges kept coming at You. Thank You for living out what You call me to live when it comes to getting along with others.
In this third chapter, Mark starts out describing another Sabbath’s day encounter with some Pharisees. They were actually hanging around, “looking for a reason to accuse” You (v 2). You gave them a chance to speak up regarding Your healing people on the Sabbath; but they kept silent. Mark described your response as You “looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts… “ (v 5 NIV). You understand the times I face the “same ol’ same ol’ ” oppositions again and again, don’t You?
The next thing Mark records is when You drew away with Your disciples to the lake and a large crowd followed. He wrote, “Because of the crowd He told His disciples to have a small boat ready for Him, to keep the people from crowding Him” (v 9 NIV). So many were seeking healing from You that they “were pushing forward to touch” You (v 10). You know what it’s like to face many demands all at once.
You finally got to get away with Your disciples, though You had to find a mountainside to do it (v 13). You spent time with the ones close to You; that was essential for them. You appointed, commissioned, and empowered them. Sure, You ministered to the public, but You also took time to focus on Your companions — right in the midst of a busy frustrating time!
Verse 20 says, “Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that He and His disciples were not even able to eat” (v 20 NIV). So much to do, so many lives to touch, so little time (and in Your case then, so little space! Yet You kept going, Jesus — How did You do that? Is it that You knew exactly why You were here on earth and You just did that everywhere You were, as You went? Please ingrain in me, like an embedded compass, that purpose You’ve given me, that reason You created me as I am, where I am, when I am (in the human time line), so that I might face the frustrations and challenges that come in any given day as opportunities to see YOU make a way to accomplish Your purpose through me.
Throughout Your entire ministry here on earth, You faced challenges and cheers; You were reviled and respected, loathed and loved … Still the bottom line is this: You came because You love us all. You came to die for us all. You desire for all of us to be with You for eternity. The bottom line for me is this: I chose to accept Your loving sacrifice for my sin; therefore, I follow in Your footsteps.
It’s not a matter of pondering “What would Jesus do?” It’s the reality of looking at what You did and doing that! (Like the slogan for a new youth small group curriculum: “HCYAWJWDIYDKWHD?” or “How Can You Ask What Jesus Would Do If You Don’t Know What He Did?”) So, help me do what You did, Jesus — I wanna be just like You! Amen.