Just like Jesus – not my will but thine. We no longer live for our own pleasures or desires. Our lives are not our own and we offer it all to be used for His glory.
Take up his cross…
Crosses are not comfortable. Your cross may look different from mine but they all involve pain and struggle and death of some sort even if only of self. I’ve said it before. The only reason someone else’s cross looks lighter is because someone else is carrying it.
Take up his cross daily…
Every morning – we have to choose. Cling to comfort and follow the world or carry our cross and follow Jesus. We make the choice daily. The beauty of a daily choice is – if we made the wrong choice yesterday – we get the chance to choose again today. Let’s choose well.
The apostles had been out among the villages healing and teaching. When they returned and told Jesus all that they had done – his response was to take them to a desolate place so they could be alone with him (v 12.)
But the crowds followed and stayed with them throughout the day. And, by dinner time, everyone was hungry.
The crowds represented need. Ministry. Physically and emotionally draining work.
The apostles’ response was: “Send them away” (v 12).
Jesus’ response was: “Have them sit down” (v 14).
Jesus then fed them all. I love that we are told that they ALL ate and were satisfied.
The apostles – weary from their serving – were satisfied.
The crowds – weary from their suffering – were satisfied.
This is important because you and I may find ourselves in either group depending on the day. One minute we are serving ourselves right into weariness. And – the next minute – we are weary with life’s suffering.
And – in both scenarios – only Jesus satisfies us. When we are weary, he invites us to withdraw and be with him (v 10). And when we are in need, he welcomes and teaches us (v 11).
Either way, at the feet of Jesus, we are fed and satisfied. We are strengthened for whatever awaits us.
Whatever has you weary this morning, Jesus welcomes you. He invites you to sit down and be satisfied.