Day 137 – Time Well Spent?
On: March 17, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. [Luke 10:4-7]

In an age when mobile phones seem permanently to be pinned to people’s ears, the choice of everything from groceries to TV channels is mesmerising, and mobility demands clog up the road network and air traffic space, there is a refreshing simplicity to Jesus’  instruction here to his outward bound disciples.

Not that there is anything intrinsically wrong with phones, food, TV or travel. The problem arises when what should be our servant becomes our master. And when this happens, priorities are distorted and opportunities missed. For the follower of Jesus, this boils down to how much time and energy are spent on building our profile before the world (career, socialising, leisure …) compared with building the profile of God’s Kingdom (spreading through word and deed the values and influence of the gospel).

Does this sound rather intense – a bit keen? For those of us living in the prosperous “West”, I would suggest a resounding “no”.  If I’m honest enough to add up the hours spent on generating my income, tarting up my house and garden, “relaxing” … and then run a similar calculation on how long my shoulder is put to the wheel of being Jesus’ hands and feet, through bible study, prayer, sharing the gospel, visiting the sick, easing the plight of those in need … I’m not sure I’d want to see the result published.

At work, it’s Career Development Plan (or Continuous Professional Development) time, when targets, performance, effectiveness and the like are all reviewed. If I was sitting down with Jesus tomorrow morning, how would that review go? What re-prioritising would be needed, what skills developed? What would be the areas of opportunity and concern?

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, please help me prioritise my time and energies as You taught your disciples and demonstrated in Your own life. Amen

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