He withdrew Himself
There are times in ministry when we need to withdraw ourselves and spend time with the Lord.
What do l mean?
Is easy to get caught up with the demands of ministry and needs of the people that we forget that we need to spend time with the Lord.
The source of our strength is the Lord and as we give, we do need to spend time in His presence and get refreshed and recharged.
But the people need me?
Well, if we don’t get away and spend time with Him from whom all our strength comes, a time will come when we run dry, and the same people that needed us will not need us again.
Why? Because we will have nothing to give.
Luke 5: 13 – 16
13And [Jesus] reached out His hand and touched him, saying, I am willing; be cleansed! And immediately the leprosy left him.
14And [Jesus] charged him to tell no one [that he might chance to meet], [until [He said] you go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your purification, as Moses commanded, for a testimony and proof to the people, that they may have evidence [of your healing].
15But so much the more the news spread abroad concerning Him, and great crowds kept coming together to hear [Him] and to be healed by Him of their infirmities.
16But He Himself withdrew [in retirement] to the wilderness (desert) and prayed.
There was a demand for ministry according the verse 15, however Jesus withdrew Himself to pray.
If our Lord Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry needed to withdraw Himself from the demands of people to pray, we sure do need to do the same.
Lets us not let ministry overwhelm us, lets withdrew ourselves and pray. We have to do it ourselves, we should not be forced to do it when ill symptoms come.
Lets be wise and stay strong and useful for the Master.