In Mark 1, there is a great snap shot of how Jesus began His day. It is not prescriptive, in other words, we can’t assume that everyday was exactly the same and this was how Jesus was instructing us to start each day. It was descriptive. It shows us what Jesus did this day and demonstrates something of the priorities and balance in Jesus life.
Mark 1: 35-39
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So he travelled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
Do you notice where Jesus starts?
Before we are told that Jesus is engaging in His mission and making disciples, what is He doing?
He is listening to His Father. He is aligning Himself with the will of His Father. He goes off to pray. To be with His Father. Then He engages in mission.
If you are a follower of Jesus, this is your call. A life of surrender to God, and a life where you engage in mission. It’s not just one or the other. If you end up in just one of these, it’s not particularly helpful for your journey with God.
Too many people end up just wanting to focus on themselves. All they want to do is study, retreat, pray, and enjoy community with others who feel the same way. Faith is about them. It is personal and private.
There are others who just want to do mission. They just want to be out there, living the adventure, taking the risk, but there is no devotion, no reflection, no accountability, and no community. If you spend all your time just doing, over time your might find that you have failed to prepare yourself the way you should. You don’t resist what you should, and there is no one to encourage, correct, strengthen or rebuke you. Your faith has somehow become subjective, because you and you alone, are the only one you have become accountable to.
We need both – to meet with God, and to engage in His mission.
Follow the example of Jesus. Start your day with God. Listen to Him and then obey Him by being His disciple, a disciple who actively joins Him in making disciples.