Renewable Energy – Good News for February 8

8 02 2009

Mark 1:29-39

On leaving the synagogue Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John. Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever. They immediately told him about her. He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons. The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

Rising very early before dawn, he left  and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.”

He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.” So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.

The Daily Path: Have you ever tried to evangelize a market on your new product? Have you spent most of the day preparing a delicious new meal for your family and then have to convince them to try it? What about changing a process that has been part of the workflow for many years. You know this will make things better but because no one else has experienced it you have to convince everyone involved… over and over.

If you’ve done any of these you know it’s not easy. It takes a lot of patience and tremendous energy. Often times it requires more determination than we have. Sometimes we’re just worn out and too tired to keep it up. Over the past couple of weeks the Gospel has been filled with examples of Jesus tirelessly teaching and healing. Crowds pursuing Him day after day. Over and over he demonstrates God’s love and absolute power. Demons of every kind lining up to do battle and ultimately being driven out as Christ heals so many.

The accounts indicate Jesus only stopped when He would go to off alone and pray to His Father. My tiny brain can only assume that in his prayer Jesus was asking for patience and energy… a renewal to carry on with these weak humans.

I’ve learned that I must constantly ask God for strength. Going to God was a new workflow for me that I had no experience with. At first I resisted. I had to be convinced. Our life on earth is hard. There’s no such thing as Easy Street for any of us. Like Jesus and the Apostles in Galilee, we have to face daily demands. For years I faced the challenges on one tank of gas. Eventually the fuel ran out and there was no gas station in sight. Fortunately God was driving by and stopped to fill me up. I’ve learned that in God I have a renewable source of energy wherever and whenever I need it. That doesn’t mean that my engine always operates at peak efficiency. Years of running with no maintenance has left me with a clunker. Regardless, I have experienced that through prayer (asking God for strength) He won’t leave me stranded.

This is why I want to share my witness with you. I want you to see what God has done in my life. I want to encourage you to try something you may not have any experience with. Perhaps if I tell you about my failures and challenges you’ll see some similarities and be willing to try something new. Maybe you’ll take a chance and ask God to fill your gas tank. And maybe you will be amazed when He does… just as I was.  

Room to Chat: Talk to God today.


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