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Jesus was a champion of mission work. He cared for the poor, healed the sick, and restored the lives of those who were lost, disoriented, and helpless. His tireless efforts enlightened the lives of many who had been disengaged from their life paths. However, Jesus never neglected the importance of resting in God. He often retreated to remote places to rest. In Mark 6:30-34, when his disciples told him all they had done and taught in their services to others, Jesus replied, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” 

Jesus’ words hold significant meaning in our Christian life. Without resting in God, we cannot truly experience the freedom and safety that only God can offer us. How can we know who we are if we don’t pause to find out who we are before God? The time of resting in God allows us to discover who we truly are. Richard Rohr once said in his book, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer, “Only when we rest in God can we find the safety, the spaciousness, and the scary freedom to be who we are, all that we are, more than we are, and less than we are.” While we rest in God, we don’t have to strive to find a better self. We can simply stay as we are. God knows everything about us, so we don’t have to edit ourselves to present a better version of ourselves. This is what Rohr means by ‘the scary freedom to be who we are before God.’ 

After Jesus and his disciples spent time resting in God in a deserted place, they went back to work. They traveled to villages, cities, and farms, where people laid the sick in the marketplaces, begging Jesus that the sick might touch even the fringe of his cloak. What happened when they touched it? All who touched it were healed! When we contemplate this miracle of transforming people's lives, what do we learn from it? We need to pay attention to the fact that the mission of the disciples was not just about transforming the outer world but also about transforming their inner world to impact the outer world. Their mission was about making a deep impact on both their inner and outer worlds.

Mark 6:30-34, 50-56

July 21, 2024

Pastor Jinyong

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