Blinded by self-centredness
Luke 9 v 11-12 “… but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing. Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.”
The Twelve and Jesus are in a remote place of Bethsaida sharing stories of their recent ministry trip. This was amazing. There was so much to say. But it was once again cut short by more work. The crowd had followed. They had been found and Jesus leaves the Twelve to welcome them, to teach parables again and to bring healing of broken lives.
Against all that we may long for, believe and campaign for:
Are we trying to dismiss what Jesus is welcoming?
If there was approximately 5,000 men there then surely one of those would have been concerned about food and lodging that night apart from the Twelve? The crowd do not seem concerned one bit that it is late in the afternoon. Why are the Twelve really concerned?
If miracle-working Rabbi Jesus, Lamb of God, Messiah and the One they have chosen to follow is who they think He may be, then why is he not troubled about the time? Why are they the only ones who seem to truly care about the welfare of the 5,000 people?
Are we trying to justify what we want to dismiss?
It is loving, caring, compassionate and just sheer common sense. Everyone can see that there are no hotels and restaurants around this place. If action is not taken now then the problem is going to intensify. People are going to get tired and hungry and then who knows what will happen?
Have we lost sight of who we are with because we are not getting what we want?
If the crowd was sent away who would be left?
The Twelve and Jesus. Bliss. Maybe that was the real reason for their concern.
But Jesus had another idea!
We may be able to read situations and people well yet the hardest person to read at times is ourselves. We can be blinded to our own self-centredness.