What Jesus Did! 'Alone to Mentor and Explain' — Mark 4:35-36

Friday, March 13, 2020

As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's cross to the other side of the lake." So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed).
— Mark 4:35-36 NLT
Illustration of Mark 4:35-36 NLT — As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's cross to the other side of the lake." So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed).

Key Thought

Some things need to be shared in private. God's servants can't be in public all the time. Jesus often withdrew to pray. In addition, he pulled away from the crowds so his apostles could rest and rekindle their spirits. He also left the crowds behind so he could more fully teach the people he would soon leave to continue his work. One dimension of teaching is preparing other teachers. That preparation requires us to leave the crowds and spend focused time with those the church needs for the future. While we may want simply to dismiss this practice as a cultural phenomenon, we should take notice that John the Baptist, Jesus, Barnabas, and Paul all used this same basic method of teaching and training. We ignore their example at our own risk. Even if we are not skilled public teachers, we all have people whom we influence — friends and family — whom we can teach and train by our words and by our character in our private times with them.

Today's Prayer

Father in heaven, use my life and my words to prepare others to know your Son and share your truth. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 6:31
  • 2 Timothy 2:1-2
  • Philippians 4:9

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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