We have been looking at the relational rhythms of Jesus’ life; his UP relationship with the Father, his IN relationship with his disciples and his OUT relationship with the world. Last week, Steve talked about how our relationships can get sideways when we’re walking closely together and what it looks like to honor our differences and maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bonds of peace.
As we continue to look at Jesus’ relationships with his disciples, it’s significant to take note of the fact that Jesus was first rejected by his blood relatives (Mark 6). He sends the disciples out in two’s to practice what they’ve been learning with him and they have some incredible experiences. So many people were coming to Jesus that they didn’t even have time to eat! Then Jesus invites them into rest, to go away to a solitary place with him. He was showing them what a healthy rhythm of work and rest looked like.
Our IN relationships aren’t just about us being together and enjoying fellowship. There is purpose in these relationships. We are practicing what we are learning from scripture. We are processing together. We are sharing what God is showing us and cultivating an empowered community where there is accountability for how we are living in response to what God is saying to us. Jesus was very intentional in this setting with his disciples. These men, they had backgrounds and families and life experiences and perspectives that were very different.
Mark 6:31 NIV
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
Mark 6:32 NIV
So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.
Acts 2:42 NIV
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Hebrews 10:23–25 NIV
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Observe / Reflect / Discuss
- How am I responding to God today?
- Who am I adventuring with?
- Who am I being real with?
- What am I freely receiving and giving?
- Who am I crossing a border for today?