Becoming a disciple: Watching God work in the white spaces

Scripture – Mark 5:14-16

Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. 

Observation

Jesus not only takes care of the spiritual needs – in this case, a man filled with possibly 2000 demonic spirits – but he also takes time to listen to his story, and meets some of his most basic needs – in this case some clothes and a chance to sit down.

The guys looking after the pigs ran off to the town and the countryside to tell people what had happened, and many people came down to see for themselves – this would have taken well over an hour. So we see Jesus allowing ministering to this man to slow down his progress.

Application

God will use us the most in the white spaces. In the gaps between “appointments” and scheduled meetings and events, in the “undesignated” moments – Jesus will open up incredible opportunities to serve him. And when he does, let us not just say a quick prayer and keep moving without missing a beat, but stop, take the time to listen, to meet basic needs if we are able, and be open to what God is doing.

We need to walk slowly through the crowds. We need to create white spaces in our days. Let’s listen and be ready for the assignments Jesus has for us.

Prayer

Father, drill this truth down deep into my heart and mind. Enable me to see what you want to do in the white spaces. Help me see those gaps not as just “travel” time  to get from one place or meeting to another, but rather help me expect you to do amazing things through me if I am willing. All for your glory, Father. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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