Luke 4: 36-41
And he arose and left the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they appealed to him on her behalf. And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her, and immediately she rose and began to serve them.
Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them. And demons also came out of many, crying, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.
And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
…they appealed to him on her behalf….,all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, …,the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them….What a contrast with his hometown! This town wants him to stay with them. This town receives his teaching and seeks his healing touch. As a result they see God move among them. As a result they desire more of Him.
We see Jesus’ faithfulness to his mission, the will of God the Father. He kept moving. As he did not allow adversity, or rejection to hinder his work; so he also did not allow overwhelming acceptance hinder him from doing the will of His Father. Oh can we see the attempts of the enemy to stop the work of God? Jesus’ temptation did not stop in the wilderness and he presents us with a model to follow as we do the work of the Father. Rejection did not stop him; neither did acceptance and admiration stop him. Either one of these attitudes directed at us has the potential to distract and keep us from doing the will of God. Let nothing hinder the work God has given us to do.