Mark 6:30-52

Mark 6:30-52

Mark 6:34Vintage message from November 5, 2000.

As believers, we, from time to time, need to find a quiet place. We need to find a place where we can just simply sit in the arms of our Creator and rest. We need to go away with Jesus and spend time with Him… Your life will never be successful, your expectations will not be met, if all you’re doing is working day and night to try to make the things in life that you want happen. Our expectations, oftentimes, fail, and the only way to be truly successful in life is to find time alone with Jesus. Do you want to have a strong walk with the Lord? Do you want to have successful ministry? Do you want to be able to raise your kids the way they need to be raised? Do you want to love your neighbor? Do you want to be able to go to work and be effective at work? These are all the questions that I know that are in our lives everyday. “Lord, I want to serve You, and I want to do the things that You want me to do, but, Lord, life gets so hectic, and it’s so hard…” We go through all of these things in our mind that are hectic and wear us out, and we stay exhausted thinking about all that we have to do. “And now, God, You want me to go out and share the gospel with my neighbor? Are You crazy?” You know what? God is crazy… He’s crazy enough to love us. And you know what? He’s crazy enough to want to be alone with us. That’s where we find our strength: in our ability to come away with Jesus by ourselves from time to time and just be alone and rest with Him…

All the time through our life we have things happen that are unexpected, and oftentimes, those things happen at the hands of people that are our friends, that we had expectation of that should have been different: my friend wouldn’t do this, my friend wouldn’t respond to me in this way, my friend wouldn’t say that to me. We build these expectations of how things are supposed to be with our family and our friends and the situations around us. And then, when it doesn’t happen that way, we lash out. But Jesus looks with eyes of compassion… The most compassionate thing you can do for a friend, for a neighbor, for a loved one, is share God’s Word with them. Share the truth of God’s Word with them. Share the love of God’s Word with them. Teaching them that God’s Word is still accurate for today, and livable for today…

Jesus wants those who are going to say, “Yes, Lord. I will trust You,” to lay down our expectations of how things are supposed to happen, and allow Him to be God. And sometimes it’s a very hard thing to do… Jesus says lay down your expectations, give of what you have, and He’ll give the rest…

No matter how much Jesus does, no matter what the miracle is, no matter how much faith we say we have, there are times things don’t happen the way we think they should happen. And instead of allowing our hearts to grow hard because our expectations aren’t met, we need to spend time in prayer. We need to go to the Father and say, “I don’t understand.” We need to let God be God, and we need to be the vessels that He can use… We may not always get what we expect, but we need to be praying that God always gets what He expects, what He desires, and do our desires and our expectations line up with His? We should never find a place where we become bitter and angry at God. If we are truly going to say, “He is Lord,” then we should never find ourself in that place of questioning and saying, “Why are You doing this?”

Pastor Dave Elkins