I’m very important
In the movie Anchorman, Will Ferrell’s character Ron Burgundy humbly says,
I don’t know how to put this, but I’m kind of a big deal.
Later he proclaims,
I’m very important. I have many leather bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.
Why are you reading Anchorman quotes this morning? It’s not because of Will Ferrell or Ron Burgandy, but Jesus really was a big deal. He was very important. Not just Jesus, but his friends, the disciples too.
In Mark 6, Jesus sent the disciples out to minister. He gives very specific instructions (go in pairs, take no money or provision, stay anywhere people accept the truth – verses 7-11). The disciples are obedient, and they have incredible success – demons are cast out and people are healed (verses 12-13).
This makes Jesus and his friends very important, and the result is a crush of people.
30 The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. 31And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. 33Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them.
As I read this passage the other day, I saw it in a new light. If you read on, you’ll find this is when Jesus feeds the 5,000 followed up by walking on water. Those acts overshadow what Jesus does to be a friend in verses 30-31. Read them again.
Monday, Pastor David shared 2 friendship don’ts –
- Don’t eat alone.
- Don’t run alone.
Today, let me share with you 2 friendship do’s.
1. Be available.
I can imagine the scene when as the disciples returned to Jesus. There were of course some highs (casting out demons and healing the sick), but I’m guessing there were some lows – kicked out of communities, cursed, etc. I also imagine there were some funny moments.
Jesus wanted to hear their stories. He wasn’t above it. He was available, and He cared.
Are you available for your friends? Available to share their ups, downs and funny moments?
2. Be honest.
Through the disciples sharing, Jesus saw something. He saw they were tired. He realized they needed a break.
So, Jesus is honest with them. He tells them to get in a boat, push away, and go somewhere no one else is.
It didn’t work. The people followed them, and they ministered anyway, but Jesus tried. He tried to give them a break, even when it was probably to his disadvantage – spreading His good news.
Are you honest with you friends, even when it may be to your own disadvantage?
This past week, I spent some time with friends old and new in the photography industry. In both group and personal settings, I had an opportunity to practice these both. I was available and honest, and it opened doors. People are hungry for someone to be available and honest with them. What better place to start than with our friends?
As you evaluate your friendships this week, ask yourself how you can be available and honest with these people.