Day 25 – Just Do It
On: November 25, 2014   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

“When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’ So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.” [Luke 2:15-16]

“So they hurried off”. After the awesome spectacle of the heavenly choir, there was no hanging around to discuss the meaning of what they had seen and heard. They put on their Nikes and agreed let’s  “Just do it”. A bit like Mary’s acceptance that she would bear the Saviour. A bit like the time (Luke 5) when the disciples downed tools and followed Jesus immediately, without debate. And there was the occasion (Luke 9) when Jesus told his listeners that they hadn’t got time to go and sort out all their worldly affairs; the time to follow was now. I reckon there’s a theme here!

When I went  to University I was told a key thing I would learn was the ability to think and analyse. They were not wrong. I can’t remember much of the subject (Geography, the under- achiever’s Politics, Philosophy & Economics!), but I retain the ability to work things through, for which I am grateful.

Thinking is good. We’d still be hanging out in caves without it. But it can also be a distraction from action. A substitute for faith. And a breeding ground for pride, as from thinking comes knowledge, and knowledge puffs up (1 Cor 8). It can be no coincidence that, in an age of unprecedented knowledge, the academic and scientific worlds house many of history’s most outspoken and militant atheists.

My point? In matters of faith, as in many arenas, there is a time for thinking and a time for action. The evidence above, suggests that God makes it clear when it’s time to go for it.

Will we listen? Will we respond?

Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about

Prayer:

Father God, I see so many examples of your people of old hearing your voice and responding immediately. Forgive me for my slowness and awaken in me a fresh urgency and priority to go where you lead. Amen

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