"Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray.
When evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the sea. He intended to pass them by. But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded...
When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed." (Mark 6:45-51, 53-56)
HOW WILL YOU USE YOUR POWER TODAY?
You are a powerful person. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead resides in you, and you have access to that power (and wisdom), every single day! So two questions that arise are:
Are you using that power?
How will you use that power?
In the short number of verses covered by Mark 6:30-56, Jesus 1) fed 5000 men (plus women and children) after blessing five loaves of bread and two fish and handing them to the disciples to distribute to the people, 2) walked up a mountain to pray, 3) walked on the Sea of Galilee, 4) calmed the anxieties of the disciples in the boat, and 5) healed all who came to him in village, city, or farm, as power went out from him when people touched the fringe of his cloak.
I feel like a slouch in comparison!
On the other hand, I - like you - have walked up a mountain or two and heard God speaking to me... have calmed the anxieties of others now and then... have been an instrument of healing and blessing a time or two, through listening or praying for someone or simply being present... have been part of a team that has cooked a hot meal and served it to those in need.
So... again... you and I have access to the same power that raised Jesus from the dead! And we make choices every day about how to use that power.
Will we listen to someone generously or shout someone down?
Will we seek revenge or seek to understand and even to forgive?
Will we smile at a stranger and say “hello”, or walk right by and not even see the other person?
Will we assume the best about our family members, friends, and co-workers, or assume that they are acting from the worst possible motives?
Will we seek to inspire someone today, or use our energy to attack someone and find fault with him/her?
Will we take the time to play with a child or a pet, or see that as a waste of our time?
Will we use our money as a way of being generous with others, or will we spend most of our energy just trying to acquire more money?
Jesus was very in touch and in tune with his power. He didn’t deny that he had power. He knew that he was powerful. He also made choices about how he used it.
What about you? How will you use your power today?