In studying the text for last Sunday’s service (Mark 6:1-13), notice that Jesus was more con- cerned about what the disciples left behind than in what they packed. He tells them to travel light. How different that is from the way we usually present the Christian life. Think about all the messages we get today about Jesus being the means to acquiring something we desire. But here in Mark 6, Jesus is presented as the master of relinquishment. Can’t you hear Jesus address- ing the disciples that day with, “Leave things be-
hind. Give up that which is most dear to you. Step out with full confidence that everything will work out.”? That’s some trust!!
When we sign up with Jesus, there is both a cost and a joy to be his follower. Jesus is not just simply about meeting our wishes. He’s not an errand boy for us. The purpose of faith is not to try to get Jesus busy satisfying us. He is also about rearranging our needs. He endeavors to transform our desires. Many of us can testify that Jesus gave us needs we did not have be- fore we met him! As I’ve said many times, if we want to be near Jesus, we need to be near the cross. That means sacrifice, pain, denial ...and also joy and meaning.
Peace, Pastor Gary