The other day a group of us were looking at the story of Jesus as recorded by Mark. As usual, Jesus surprised me and caused me to think about my life.

Jesus showed me that sometimes my priorities are off.

Mark 2:27 – Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.

The Sabbath was a HUGE deal in Jesus’ culture. One of the unique points of the Hebrew Creation Poem was that the Creator God took a break to enjoy the creation. The Creator modeled that life was not just about mass production! Therefore the Hebrews incorporated that rythem of rest, and party, into their lives. Sabbath was one of their defining traditions.

They were passionate about the Sabbath … to the point of Sabbath becoming a top priority.

For some people, the Sabbath became a priority over people.

When faced with this paradigm, Jesus set things straight.

Jesus clarified that the Sabbath was for the good of people, not people for the good of Sabbath.

So what does that have to do with me?

I think that I can get passionate about things, good things, and I might lose sight of the big picture.

When I do that, when I put traditions or programs or ideology above humanity, then I just miss the point.

Thanks Jesus for giving us wake up calls that you give us with your words and your life!