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

Sunday, March 13, 2016

That day, at evening, Jesus said to his followers, "Come with me across the lake." Jesus and the followers left the people there. They went in the same boat that Jesus was already sitting in. There were also other boats with them.
— Mark 4:35-36 NLT
Illustration of Mark 4:35-36 NLT — "Come with me across the lake."

Key Thought

Some things need to be shared in private. God's servants can't be all 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 these people he would soon leave to continue his work. One dimension of teaching is preparing other teachers. That requires us to leave the crowds and spend focused time on those whom the church needs for the future. While we may want to simply 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—that 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


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.