- 2 Corinthians 12:2-10
- Psalm 123 (VU p.847)
- Mark 6:1-13
- #409 Morning Has Broken
- #509 I, the Lord of Sea and Sky
- #512 Lord, You Give the Great Commission (vss 1, 2, 5)
- #646 We Are Marching in the Light of God
Early Thoughts: When is it time to try something else? When do you stop pounding on the wall and look for a door somewhere else?
The way he has been doing wasn't working. And now the people of his hometown are becoming openly hostile. What is Jesus to do?
If Jesus operated the same way that the church tends to operate he would establish a study group to investigate what needs to be done. And he would have focus groups. And he would get all sorts of ideas about how to keep doing the same thing "better". But in the end he would keep doing the same thing and lamenting the lack of a different result.
But Jesus knows that it is time to quit. It is time to do a different thing, to reach out in a new way, to build the community in new directions. And even as he sends out the disciples he tells them that they need to know when it is time to quit. The secret to ministry is remaining aware of what is happening around you. In fact, Jesus learns that trying to minister among those who are hostile is totally ineffective.
There is a lesson here for the church. It has been suggested that to keep doing the same thing and expect different results is a sign of insanity. It is known that the only thing that is nice about hitting your head against a brick wall is the feeling of relief one gets when you stop. Does the church know when to quit, when to try a new way, when to say enough? It is hard because who wants to walk away from a beloved ministry? It is hard because we don't want to fall prey to every trendy little "new thing" that comes floating by.
But sometimes we need to know when to quit.