Mark 7:31-33a: Personal dealings.

“31 Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis.  32 There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him. 33 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, ” NIV UK

David Watson told a story in one of his books about a bank somewhere writing to a student and saying something like this in the letter: ‘’Dear 11085743, we have a personal interest in you!’’ There can be no doubt that the Lord Jesus has a personal interest in you.

He wants time alone with you, ‘’away from the crowd’’, as it were. Make sure you give Him His heart’s desire. When I was a student, in college, I would have considered it an honour if the Principal had indicated that he wanted to spend time with me. If he just stopped momentarily to say a few words I was thrilled. Now Jesus is the most important Person in the universe, and He wants time with little old me. Surely I can feel the privilege in that and respond well?

But note that with regard to the man in our story, Jesus ‘’took him aside’’. I believe there are times when Jesus orders our circumstances in such away that time with Him is virtually enforced. These opportunities often come in packaging that doesn’t much look like gift wrap. But whether welcome or unwelcome, seize every opportunity to be alone with Jesus. Cultivate the one relationship which matters most.

The ‘’crowd’’ may be composed of people. It may also take some other form. It may be a ‘crowd’ of distractions. Determine to come away from them in order to spend time with Jesus.

‘’I heard the voice of Jesus say, ‘Come unto me and rest’…’’

PRAYER: ‘’The greatest thing in all my life is knowing you. I want to know you more.’’