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Thursday, September 20, 2012

As The Crowds Grew

Luke 5:15-16

15 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

What should our response be when we, as ministers, see that the crowd is growing, that our influence is enlarging, that our thoughts and words are sought after by more and more people?  Should we sit back and grow confident in our ministering abilities?  Should we intentionally take steps to increase our ministry by marketing and self-advertisement?  Should we see that God has now gifted us to deal with the masses and establish ourselves as an authority?  Should we have the "I've arrived" attitude? 

That was not the response of Jesus.  He was God!  He had all the right answers.  He knew the Father's plan.  He had intimate knowledge of the Father's heart.  And what did He do as His fame spread abroad?  He withdrew to lonely places and prayed. 

We have nothing of value to offer people without being people of prayer.   We are ambassadors-carriers of anothers message.  We must know the heart and will of the one that sends us to a lost and dying world because His message is the ONLY answer for the world's plight.  Earthly knowledge, experiential wisdom, and advice gleaned from the mind is no help to them.  They must have the mind and heart of God to answer all of their trials and tribulations. 

I know that as our years in ministry progress we find ourselves more and more knowing our need of the lonely place of prayer.  As we grow closer to God, we see more and more our need of Him just for survival.  How much more do we need to seek Him about the survival and flourishing of others?  

We are under-shepherds.  Our Master is the Great Shepherd and He is a Master Shepherd.   Each day we must go to Him concerning the sheep and how to lead them, about what they are doing, how they are acting, what the status of their health is, and where the Lord would have us lead next.  If we do not, we will quickly lose our way and the sheep will suffer for it.  

Jesus, in his flesh, realized that the more that was demanded of Him spiritually, the more He needed to be refilled and refreshed by the Father.  Martin Luther, as well, exhibited this same attitude when he said “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”   Paul instructs us to pray "unceasingly".  He understood that this was the only preparation and the only response in ministry. 

Today, I choose the lonely place of prayer but as I soon learn the only thing lonely about this place is the locale because in this lonely place is the presence of the Living God.  He meets me there.  He refreshes me, He instructs me, He corrects me and He loves me.  It is there that He makes me capable in His service and effective in it's working. 


Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need Thy tender care;
In Thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use Thy folds prepare.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.
 
We are Thine, do Thou befriend us, be the guardian of our way;
Keep Thy flock, from sin defend us, seek us when we go astray.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray.
 
Thou hast promised to receive us, poor and sinful though we be;
Thou hast mercy to relieve us, grace to cleanse and power to free.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Let us early turn to Thee.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Let us early turn to Thee.
 
Early let us seek Thy favor, early let us do Thy will;
Blessed Lord and only Savior, with Thy love our bosoms fill.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still.
 

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