calling

Why Are You There?

Kinneret-moshavaShortly after Jesus began his ministry, Mark 1:35-39 tells us that he rose very early in the morning, while it was still dark. He went out to a desolate place so he could be alone in prayer. Later, Simon and some others awoke and began searching for Jesus. When they finally found him, they said, "Everyone is looking for you." We can infer from the details given to us by Mark that the Spirit, who had earlier driven Jesus into the wilderness where he was tempted by Satan, now was leading Jesus on a new path. It was through prayer that Jesus stayed in touch with the Spirit of God. Some people might say, "Well, Jesus knew where to go because he is God." While his deity is unquestionably certain, I believe this kind of thinking is actually an excuse along these lines: "I'm not God. Therefore I can't be led by the Spirit like Jesus could."

One of the realities of this passage is that we learn that powerful things can happen when we pray. Because Jesus isolated himself from distractions and prayed, he knew the next step to take. He replied to Simon and the others, "Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out."

Jesus was in Galilee at that moment in time for a very specific purpose. He was to preach a message: "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel" (Mark 1:15).

For what purpose does God have you where you are at this moment in time? Why are you there? If you cannot readily answer this question, perhaps getting alone with God is your next step. Let the Holy Spirit direct your path, and you can fulfill your mission.