Thursday, October 30, 2014

John 6:1-24

40 Days of John

Day 9: John 6:1-24

Today's reading includes the stories of Jesus feeding the 5,000 and Jesus walking on water.  

Both of these stories point to the divine nature in Jesus, and His power that is beyond our comprehension.  

Jesus is really drawing crowds at this point in His ministry.  People want to see Him for themselves and get to know Him more.  And while the crowd and attention grow, I noticed today that Jesus takes deliberate time away from the chaos and busyness of the crowd.

"Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples."

It may seem random to you, but do you know what really stood out to me about this situation?  

Jesus sat down.  

Jesus sat down with the people in His life that are closest to Him.  Jesus, I would imagine, is as busy as a man could possibly be.  After all, Jesus knows He's about to feed 5,000 people.  We also know Jesus is as selfless as man has ever been.

And yet, Jesus takes the time to have conversation with His closest friends.

Granted, Jesus doesn't get to sit long, but He does sit.

And then afterwards, together with the disciples, Jesus invites 5,000 people to sit in the grass and share a meal with Him, a meal that begins with a boy's five small loaves of bread and two small fish.  Jesus isn't stressing over logistics of such a huge task or the work ahead, or even the smallness of His resources.  Jesus trusts God, and His focus is people, the people who are right in front of Him.

What does this say to your heart today?

I am really bad about sitting down.  I am constantly thinking about my never ending to-do list.  

Jesus sat down.  

However brief, Jesus invites you and me to stop and sit down with Him too.

I need to sit down.  I need to be close to God.  I need to sit down to show those closest to me to that they matter in this busy life.  It's okay, not selfish or lazy.  It's necessary. 

 A prayer for today-

Dear God,

Thank You for Your Words and the way they awaken things in my heart.  Thank You for those closest to me, and thank You for the larger crowd and the strangers that cross my path.

Forgive me for being such a busy body.  Help me remember to sit down with You.  Help me to focus on the people right in front of me and the ways You need me to love them and to nourish them- with all that You have given me, as the person You designed me to be.

I pray for ___________________, that _______________________ may feel and know the healing, renewing, and peaceful power of Your love.

I love You, Lord, and I praise You.

In Jesus name I pray,

Peace of Christ,

*This post is part of A Mind-Maker-Upper's Everyday Reading Project.  Click here to read more.

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