So, I’m still studying the book of Mark. I mentioned a few things God was teaching me when I started back in May.
Something jumped out at me a couple of weeks ago, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since- so I thought I’d share it with all of you. 🙂
Mark 9:33 says, “After they arrived at Capernaum, Jesus and his disciples settled in the house where they would be staying.”
Okay, I know this probably isn’t the most spiritual verse in Scripture, and just maybe the only reason this popped out at me is because I’m a woman.
But can you imagine hosting Jesus…AND His disciples? In your home?
That’s 13 guests!
And whoever’s house it was there were children (at least one) present. In verse 36 it says, “Then he put a little child among them.” So this probably wasn’t older people or single people, but probably a family who made adjustments to be able to welcome guests into their home.
When reading the Bible, we often put ourselves into the place of action- that’s where all the fun is. But I can’t help but think about how many people helped Jesus’s ministry by hosting and serving Him and his disciples. That’s no small task.
I wonder where they slept.
I wonder how the disciples treated their hosts (they were still boys!).
I wonder what mealtime looked like.
I wonder how the host family felt.
I wonder if the woman of the house was stressed, nervous or simply filled with joy.
Sometimes we are in the actions scenes of life, sometimes we are in the background enabling the action to go on around us. Both are important, both fulfill a purpose.
Sometimes I struggle when I read about things people are doing “out there”.
I read about Compassion bloggers who travel the world to tell the stories of children so they can get out of poverty and everything inside of me longs to go too.
I see people riding their bicycles across country to raise money for people in Africa with no water.
I see people going on mission trips, hear about conferences with fabulous speakers, and many other great ministry opportunities.
But if I’m not careful I can get frustrated. Frustrated that I can’t do it all at once.
I have to pull myself back and focus on what God has right in front of me. It may not seem as extreme as going to India to the poorest of the poor, but I am able to serve out of my home, with my kids, and use what God has given me to serve Him.
In that same passage Jesus tells the disciples in verse 35, “Anyone who wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else”.
Right now my main job is to serve my family and care for our three children. This season of our life is a little more focused and intense in the parenting realm, but one day things will change and we will serve together as a family “out there”. For now, my calling is right here and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Where are you currently in life? In the action or behind the scenes?