Day 180 – Mission Possible
On: April 29, 2015 | By: admin
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On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God. Luke 13:10-13
Love this vignette. So often, it seems that the crowds are pursuing Jesus. Here though, in the sanctuary of a synagogue, Jesus spots a need, sees that the time is right, approaches a woman, and heals her. Just like that. As she felt her body set free, the woman must have been as surprised as she was delighted. No wonder she praised God. I’m sure she also gave Jesus an industrial scale hug!
What triggered the healing? The woman didn’t ask for it. Jesus saw her need and sensed the time was right to speak and act. How did He decide to step forward? Several times, in John’s gospel, Jesus is recorded as saying that He is simply doing what God is showing Him, eg: I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. John 8:28
It should be the same for you and I. It’s not for us to determine the time and place to speak and act in Jesus’ name. We should be asking Jesus to show us what He is doing and then snook in behind Him. To the recipient, it will look as if we have taken the initiative. But we will know that we are acting on a prompt from our Lord and Master.
In the movie “Mission Impossible”, at the outset of the film, secret agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is greeted with the words “Your mission, should you choose to accept it …” Imagine if he replied “Nah, I think I’ll watch telly instead.” Some movie!
How will I know my mission – when to act, whom to speak to? That will flow, as it did with Jesus and His Father, from an ongoing dialogue born of a close relationship of love and trust. If I spend time with Jesus in the morning, I can expect to see opportunity to minister in His name as the day unfolds. This is mission possible. But if I don’t spend time with him, it will be mission impossible, for I won’t know what He has planned for the day.
Thought – don’t let that toaster pop up before you’ve touched base with Jesus and asked for a preview of His plans for your day.
Father God, show me what you are doing today, that I might join in. Amen