Honoring Our Limitations as a Spiritual Practice

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Context: Jesus has had a full day of ministry in Capernaum that included preaching in a synagogue, healing a demon-possessed man in the synagogue, healing Simon’s ill mother-in-law in her home, having a meal at Simon’s home, then, at sunset, healing and delivering many who were brought to him with various diseases or who were tormented by demons.

Early the next morning, Jesus went out to an isolated place. The crowds searched everywhere for him. (Luke 4:42)

Context: The disciples have just returned from their traveling missions, where, in twos, they preached repentance, anointed the sick, and cast out demons. They’ve just returned and have been telling Jesus about what they saw, what they did.

Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, [Jesus] said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” 32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. (Mark 6:31 – 32)

Be patient and bear with one another. (Eph. 4:2)

Make allowance for one another’s faults. (Col. 3:13)

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Discussion Questions: 

  1. Imagine that Jesus failed to honor his limitations and kept ministering to the crowds that followed him without resting or getting away to be with the Father. Imagine that he said “Yes” to the people of Capernaum to remain in their town while also trying to live out his mission to preach the gospel throughout Judea. What might have been some of the consequences?
  2. What limitations are you most frequently tempted to live beyond? How does society make it easy for you to do this? Is there a cost you eventually find yourself paying?
  3. How might honoring one’s limitations also honor God?

Prayer Prompt: Take a moment to thank God for teaching us not only who God is, but how to be human well. In your own words, ask Jesus for the power and trust to live a human-sized life that honors God.