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Summary: Because Jesus lived on earth as a man, he typically experienced human limitations. His human side needed a balance between rest and ministry (work), and he was not afraid to say no.

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Enough is Enough: Too Much Ministry

(Mark 1:29-45)

1. This last week was different. Marylu and I went to visit Bruce and Joyce Moore.

2. We met them in 1984, back when I was 27. They were still in Ecuador, and we would see them every or every other year. When Hannah was young, she dubbed them “grama and grampa.”

3. They had a history way before my time and were very close to the Pattersons. HPC sent them out in 1956, arriving weeks after the massacre that is dramatized in the “End of the Spear.”

4. Dwight Patterson repeatedly went to Ecuador to visit the Moores, and when the tribal chief Sam came to Kokomo to visit with red mud in his hair, he made the front page of the Tribune. He came to the Lord here in Kokomo.

5. Bruce and Joyce lived a lot of life, advancing the Kingdom through Bible translation, raising a family, and faithfully walking with God. They had a long-term strategy; while others quit the task, they kept on. When computers and innovations cam along, they advanced and adapted.

6. Today we are going to see Jesus’ strategy for living in a way that would balance his calling.

7. Even though Jesus had an extreme mission, he demonstrated a balance that would leave some of we sinners feeling guilty.

Main Idea: Because Jesus lived on earth as a man, he typically experienced human limitations. His human side needed a balance between rest and ministry (work), and he was not afraid to say no.

I. Jesus Was Willing to Be SERVED (29-31)

A. He came to serve, but he also received SERVICE

B. Peter's mother-in-law ILL (29-30a)

1. Peter was obviously married

2. His wife traveled with him as he journeyed

I Corinthians 9:5-6, “Do we not have the right to take along a believing wife, as do the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas [Peter]? Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living?”

C. After Jesus healed her, she SERVED him

1. Proves not a gradual recovery, but complete

2. It is a privilege and honor to serve the Lord (is it for you?)

D. Are you able to both give AND receive? Jesus did.

1. For some people, serving can become control and superiority

2. Receiving can be humbling, and some folks don’t do humility

3. Other people are takers without balance…

4. It is more blessed to give than receive, but relationships require both

5. When Jesus wanted to wash Peter’s feet, he refused at first…

Application: Life is not about competition, who is better, who is worse. It’s about loving God and others to the glory of God. Part of that means dropping or at least letting down the pride barrier.

II. Jesus RETREATED Away from Needs and People to Pray (35-39)

A. Sometimes Jesus would pray in the morning, sometimes ALL NIGHT

Luke 6:12, “In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.”

The Bible nowhere teaches that the morning is any more sacred than any other time.

People of eastern European descent often have large heads, like mine.


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