S. O. A. P.
Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.
In the previous verses, John the Baptist had been beheaded and the news was reported to Jesus. Jesus tried to break away in order to mourn His cousin’s death. When the crowds heard where He was, they headed straight toward Him for help. The Bible goes on to say that Jesus healed them all.
Jesus was always involved in helping people. The true nature of a “Servant Leader” is to help Anyone, Anywhere, and Anytime. That was the life of Jesus personified in Scripture. People are usually oblivious to the needs of a “Servant Leader.” In other words, if someone is willing to help them, they will take, take, take all the help they can get. Jesus was certainly in pain after hearing of John’s death. John the Baptist was a National Icon. He was indeed a relative of Jesus, but truly assumed the “Big Brother” role. Jesus honored him and loved him greatly. But when a person who is used to SERVING others needs a break in order to lament the passing of a close friend, they may find that … “Sometimes There’s No Time.” At the same time, perhaps we “Followers of Jesus” should be most grateful that “Our Mission” is to Serve Others. What would we do in times of grief if there was just us?
Today I am so thankful that You have called me to a life of service. Serving others usually gets my mind off of my own sorrows and brings joy to my heart when I see others being blessed. Amen