Time To Move?
Jesus was angrily rejected in Nazareth because His hometown crowd was not willing to accept that God loved “outsiders” (Lk. 4:16-30). Jesus left and went north to Capernaum. The city welcomed His teaching and ministry of healing and exorcism (Lk. 4:31-41), but then early in the morning after one of His most productive days, Jesus decided to leave. I understand why Jesus left Nazareth, but why did He leave a productive ministry in Capernaum when the people begged Him to stay?
“When it was becoming daylight, He went out and went to an isolated place. The crowd was trying to find Him and when they came to Him, they tried to keep Him from leaving. But He said to them, “It’s necessary for Me to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom of God to other cities because I was sent for this mission. So He was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.” - Luke 4:42-44
The Lord allowed Mary and me to minister in the church we helped to found for forty years, but then He said it was time to move on. Right now I have a pastor friend who is facing the intense heat of opposition and resistance to change. Should he leave or stay?
It’s tough when we come to these turning points. Jesus teaches us that these are the times when we must get alone with God in a solitary place. We must not be controlled by the “crowd’”—either mad or glad. And all our decisions must flow from our assigned mission to declare the good news of the Kingdom “in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
LORD, thank you for guiding Mary and me through such a major change in our ministry. You’ve been so gracious to open up new opportunities for us to teach and share the good news through Truth Encounter, Southern Bible Institute, and Dallas Seminary. The next couple of weeks give my friend those needed times alone with You. Guide him to know whether it’s time to leave or stay, and protect him and his family from losing the passion to proclaim the Good News of Jesus’ Kingdom.
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