Blessed are the Logisticians

7 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed. 8 When they heard about all he was doing, many people came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon. 9 Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him. 10 For he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him. Mark 4:7-10

Before anyone could even dream up something like the internet for word of mouth communications, the word about Jesus doing miraculous things spread like wildfire through the region. What were they saying about Him to attract the attention so quickly? But as He said elsewhere, they were like sheep without a shepherd. He had pity on them.

Then He did the next best thing to getting a large arena: he got a boat so He could preach and teach from there. This was before microphones and amplification. He would have to contend with the waves from the sea, and someone would have to keep the boat close enough to shore so he could teach, but far enough out to maintain that forced social distancing He was experiencing.

I’ve never considered it much, but there were a lot of events that took place in the Bible that took people time and effort to make happen, logistics.

Logistics of building an ark and bringing in two of each animal.
Logistics of funding and fighting wars.
Logistics of providing for a wife and baby in a foreign town.
Logistics of mending nets.
Logistics of feeding thousands from bread and fish.
Logistics of installing a new king

So what do logistics have to do with this scenario? People worked behinds the scenes for Jesus to teach. People were serving, quite possibly without realizing it.

It still happens today. We think of ministry as someone who’s a great teacher or preacher, but for that to occur, dozens of people are behinds the scenes making it happen. That’s true in all ministries and all churches. It’s true in business and non-profit organizations.

Thank God for the behind-the-scenes people in your life, those who work tirelessly to see that life and ministry is happening all around you.

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