Do you find yourself packing more into a day than seems humanly possible? Do you feel guilty when you rest? Do you make lists of things to do and feel a great sense of accomplishment when you get to check each off? I have to admit I do all these.
We live in a hurry up, stress-driven society. But when I look at Jesus, it doesn't appear to me that He had a "to-do" list. He allowed interruptions wherever He went. He was on a mission to save souls, but I can't imagine Him hurrying around like I do.
My favorite Scripture has become Matthew 11:28-30. Jesus said, "Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
Think About It
What would happen if we slowed our pace? I'm afraid to think about it. How about you? Maybe, like Jesus, we need to lighten up on our calendar. Maybe we need to plan for interruptions like Jesus did on the way to raise Jairus' daughter and stopped to heal a woman of twelve years of bleeding. We are blessed to be a blessing. How can we bless anyone when we are racing here and there?
Pray About It
Thank you, Jesus, for setting an example of rest. Thank you for Your gentle Spirit and humble heart. Although you were not in a hurry, you accomplished a lot. Help us set priorities and arrange our schedules to glorify you with our time, talents and resources. Amen.
Dressed in his armor, a Roman Centurion,
Called on Jesus in the town of Capernaum.
He said, “My servant lies sick, at home in his bed,
Please come and heal him from his toes to his head.”
Well, the compassionate Lord Jesus got ready to go,
When suddenly the Centurion said, “Oh, Jesus no!
“I’m not worthy for you to come where I dwell;
Just say the word and my servant will be well.
“For I myself am a boss in command,
Of hundreds of soldiers at my right hand.
“I say to this one 'come' and he comes;
And I say to another, 'Do this' and he does.”
Well, the Centurion’s words amazed the Lord Jesus;
He said to His followers, “Such faith I’ve not witnessed.
“Many will come from the east and the west,
To stand in their places at my heavenly fest.
“Some, surprisingly, will be left outside,
Where from pain and suffering they cannot hide.
Jesus said to the Roman Centurion,
“Go! Just as you asked, it will be done.”
Each one of us has a choice to believe,
Or to be left outside with hurting and grief.
So follow the faith of the Roman Centurion,
Believe in the Father, His Spirit and Son.
Think About It
The Roman Centurion knew Jesus didn't have to be present for his servant to get well. He knew all Jesus needed to do, was say the word and it would be done. His faith surprised Jesus. We can surprise Him too with our faith. Just talk to Him and believe.
It Lord Jesus, thank you for stories of faith in your word that help us know better how to talk to you in prayer. Amen.
(This is a repost from May 2012)
Some things amaze me when I am on the rode to the mountains--like the trees that grow out of granite. How can a tree grow from a rock? Where does it get its water and nourishment?
My questions remind me of the two foundations for life Jesus talks about. He said, "Everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock. The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn't collapse, because its foundations was on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of Mine and doesn't act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. And its collapse was great!" (Matthew 7:24-27)
Think About It
I've put my life in place of the word "house" and considered what makes a strong foundation. It is the love, grace and mercy of God. Once I experienced these, I was never the same. After a life of choosing my ways, I began to read the Bible and learned how much God loves me. He sent His son into this world to ransom my soul so I could have abundant and eternal life with Him. That's how I can say that Jesus is my Rock. He loved me and died for me the way I was, but the longer I am here on earth, the more I want to be like Him. I look to Him for spiritual food, real strength in this dark world. He is all I need.
Pray About It
Lord Jesus, thank you for dying for my sin and making me whole. Thank you for new life, abundant and eternal life. Help me to be more like you. Amen.