“The apostles gathered around Jesus and told him about all the things they had done and taught.”
Mark 6:30, New Century Version
We need to become accountable to Him for the things we say, and the things we do. A liberated discipleship is one that can’t be trusted–there is no supervision, and no direction. And we need to be accountable. It is not a question of freedom– but of slavery, and duty (kind of a “neutral” word.) Within our culture, we are dancing on a knife’s edge, and we become intensely counter-cultural when we live authentically as His disciples.
The text has noted, “They gathered unto Him.” That dear one, is the real essence of your walk. He is the absolute center, that fact will never change. Without Him we will drift in and out, unfocused and confused. But these wonderful disciples know absolutely that Jesus Christ is their common focus, no matter what their own personal proclivities.
A simple word about all the plurality and variety among Christians. We are intensely different. Some of us are Pentecostals, and some are Roman Catholics. Some Orthodox, Lutherans and Quakers. We are Mennonites, Baptists and Methodists. There is so much variety in the Church. But I think that all of us are coming to Jesus–He is our center!
I no longer doubt or fear the amazing variety that is in the Church. We are dealing with a God who can’t even make snowflakes alike! We make Styrofoam cups that are exactly alike, and He does snowflakes. He insists on creativity and being unique. Shouldn’t our churches reflect this?
The verse tells us that the disciples had the freedom to come to Jesus and report. There wasn’t a need to embellish or exaggerate their work. They are not in competition with each other. They have a broad confidence, an easiness and sureness about Him. Jesus is the easiest master to work for. Bob Dylan told us, “You gotta serve somebody.”
And serving Him is kind of demanding, but it is also a great and wonderful joy. Only those caught in the middle are miserable. They can’t make the choice. They’re in a tough place. We must pray for them.
“Done and taught.” The disciples have been active on their journey. They have travelled different directions. They work, and then they teach. And really that is all that disciple comes down to. Working, and talking. Talking, and working. I believe that it was significant that this would become the focal point, and bulk of their time with Jesus was essential. That tells me something. In some real sense, this is how we are to monitor and evaluate ourselves.
1) Do I gather onto Jesus with others?
2) Do I share with Him things that matter?
3) Do I evaluate my service with His light?
4) Do I tell Him everything– “honest and truthful?”