The daily demands of the day are constant. They are ever ready to control our day, control our direction and even our destiny. The challenge is this, the demands in our day do not have the ability to sort, weed, or produce what is best. These demands serve one purpose in our life – distraction. And distraction serves one end – destruction. Yet, we follow them anyway!
The answer to this problem of “the daily demand” crisis is found in Mark 1:35-39:
“Early in the morning Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: ‘Everyone is looking for you!’
Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else–to the nearby villages–so I can preach there also. That is why I have come. So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.’
Observing this short, yet profound passage we see that Jesus rose early in the morning and set His day in the direction of God’s plans. How? By abiding in God’s presence first before the day of duties even began. When the demands of the day arrived in the form of Simon and his companions, Jesus was ready to meet them with His Father’s purpose.
“Everyone is looking for you!” is often the reason we fall so short of doing what God wants us to do. “People pleasing” is usually at the core of redirecting the mission God has for us. Yet, Paul instructs us by his own example of living from 1 Thessalonians 2:4, “We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.” Our solitary place each morning is a time where God tests our hearts and takes all that is busy and demanding in our life and brings to the surface THE ONE THING that matters – His will! And know this, you will not make people happy, you may even make some mad, but the mission is to please our Heavenly Father and pray for those who feel disappointed by our mission.
Jesus replies with a focused and intentional response. Regardless of all the people who were looking for Him, He simply said, “Let’s go somewhere else.” Imagine that! He has all these people looking for Him. He could have fruitful work here. He could accomplish much, but accomplishment was not His goal – doing God’s will was! He continued by stating clearly – we are to go to the nearby villages, so I can preach, for THAT IS WHY I HAVE COME.
Go to that solitary place today. Ask God to weed out the busy and raise up His mission for your day. Then pray for the courage to confront the demands when they come. Know your God, know His mission and live His will. Intimacy with the Father in Heaven and Impact on the world is the end!
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