It may be hard for some to understand that Jesus did not accept every invitation or request. Early in His ministry as Jesus preached in Galilee, there was a morning when He was missing “and Simon and those who were with him searched for him” (Mark 1:36). Jesus had gone “very early in the morning, while it was still dark…to a desolate place, and there He prayed” (1:35).
Simon and the others felt compelled to find Jesus because “everyone” was looking for Him (1:37). To start with, the statement was an exaggeration, though in some places, the Gospel accounts say that “great crowds followed Him” (Matthew 20:29; Mark 5:24; John 6:2). Most followed Him, not because of who He was, but because they were fed with bread and fish or received the benefit of Jesus miracles and signs. Even the disciples lacked discernment in their motive for seeking Him.
Jesus did not even respond to the statement that “everyone” was looking for Him. Instead, “He said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out” (Mark 1:38). Those villages He had been to already heard the message and saw His miracles, but there were more that had not heard or seen. Does Jesus not care about their desire to see Him again? Yes, but He cares more about what we do with what we have already been given.
NFI receives many requests from many parts of the world, but we seek to discern which ones are those where God wants us to work. Often these requests are motivated by the desire for money rather than being renewed in passion for the Word of God. We will do anything possible to help God’s people return to the authority of Scripture and obey its truth in the power of the Spirit.
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