“Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going and they had no leisure even to eat. Mark 6: 31
Have you ever sat and watched a hamster in its cage. You would think that, in its world, it has it made. Yet when you watch for a while, it has to get up on its wheel and just run and run and run. Now we know that the wheel was put in for the hamsters exercise. Yet, it becomes conditioned in its environment to busy itself on that wheel. It’s incredible how it can be so consumed with running so much on that thing! It doesn’t even have to, yet it does! They choose to! Those little feet going 90 to nothing… its funny actually that they can get after it like that. Just looking at the hamster, one wouldn’t think it was capable of it. Yet they are!
In our lives, in our little world, we tend to be the same way. We operate by what I like to call “Hamsterology”! No not “Theology” or “Christology”. “Hamsterology”! We are such a BUSY people. Our “to do” lists are long. We complicate our lives with our agenda. Our days seem like weeks and weeks like months. Our calendars are chalked full of scheduling!
At our house today, Carla and I arose before dawn to go drive our buses. Roo had to be taken to the Orthodontist. Then we had to run by the bus shop to get paper work done. I had to make three phone calls. I had to line up the weeks mowing schedule. I had to clean the mowers. The truck needs its oil changed. Carla had some bills to pay on line. The garage has to be cleaned out. Our washing machine died Saturday, so we have to look for a washer on line. I got to run by the bank. Siera has piano lessons at 5:30 p.m. I have a Planning Commission meeting tonight at 6 p.m. Tomorrow I have 4 yards to mow…. The list goes on and I get dizzy thinking about running on my wheel.
When I think about it I feel like a little hamster in my own little cage. I have to jump on that wheel and go nuts running round and round… constantly doing something! Do you feel like that??? I know a lot of you do! It’s “Hamsterology”! I have to ask myself, did Jesus live like this?
I read Mark 6 and I see that there were three things true about Jesus.
- Jesus was Busy! In verse 31 it’s clear that “many were coming and going and they had no leisure even to eat”. He wanted to get away from it all for a while, so he got them all on the boat to leave. Yet the crowds “saw them going and recognized them and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When he went ashore he saw a great crowd”.
Jesus was always busy… teaching… touching people… training the disciples… traveling from place to place. He was led by the Holy Spirit and had a full agenda every day! The man didn’t have plans as to where he would sleep at night and didn’t have time to eat. That’s busy!
- Jesus was Burdened! In verse 34, Mark says “he had compassion on them because they were sheep without a shepherd”. So he taught them and then he feed the 5000! Jesus may have been a busy person… but he wasn’t busy for HIMSELF! He was busy about Kingdom work! His life wasn’t a selfish agenda, it was all about pouring Himself, His life, His love, His words, into everyone that He encountered. He lived with compassion for the masses, yet had time for individual people!
- Jesus was Balanced! After he took time with them, He does something so significant that we need to learn from. In verse 45 – 46, He “made His disciples get into a boat” and leave Him. Then He sent away the crowds that He had spent time with (Matt 14:23). Then we see the balance He lived His life with, “after he had taken leave of them He went up on the mountain to pray”. No matter how busy He was, how many people He needed to see and interact with, He always spent time with the Father!
Mark 1:35 gives us a great look at this part of His life. “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there He prayed.” Despite the demands and people and obvious agenda, He made it His priority to spend time with His Father! That speaks volumes to me, doesn’t it to you?
In our own life, we are going to be BUSY! That’s the nature of the beast, our world demands that we get on the marry-go-round and somehow enjoy the ride. Like the hamster, we got to get on the wheel and run! But we have to be burdened and balanced!
We need to live our lives for a greater cause than just our own agenda! We should be actively doing our part to advance the gospel, grow the church, and disciples others! Since Jesus’ life wasn’t all about Himself. Ours should follow that pattern! Who are you burdened for? Who are you reaching for Christ? Who are you loving! Who are you discipling?
The secret to living in this chaos, is following Jesus example! We need time in the Word! We need time to pray and seek His face! We need His direction! If we don’t do that we will be living our lives according to “Hamsterology”! Wearing ourselves out in the flesh, running on life’s wheel!
So how about it…. Time to prioritize your life to include the most important facet of your days! Walking with the Lord! Then you can be like the disciples in Acts 4:13. Even though they were uneducated and common men, the people around them “took knowledge of them and recognized that they had been with Jesus”! So CENTRAL … let’s get with this pattern:
- Prioritize your time with Him! Pick a place and a time and be devoted to meeting with Him!
- Plan your week and your monthly calendar so that you are organized!
- Purpose to make an impact on other people, and not just live life for your own agenda!
As your Pastor, I need to do this, and have to personally! If Jesus needed to, I sure do to, and I do! So do you! So SOAP it up, pray and walk with Him every day!
Time To Toil…
Colossians 1:28, 29