We live in an age of convenience. A few taps on my smart-phone and a pizza shows up at my door with the exact toppings I wanted. A few more taps and my order is waiting, ready and paid for, at the local coffee shop.
The question is; how does this translate over into my spiritual life? There are many in our generation who are looking for a convenient faith. They show up for church Sunday morning, fast food breakfast in hand. They stay for the hour and a half service – in and out – the rest of the day to themselves.
The problem is that a life like that is devoid of power. I can’t reconcile convenience with the life of Christ.
We say that we want to live and minister as Jesus did. Do we really? Do we actually want our life to look like His?
As we continue to look at Mark’s Gospel, we’ll see what it should be like. A day in the life of the Lord. It’s a Sabbath day. He had just preached at the local synagogue. In the middle of His ministry, a demon-possessed man disrupted the meeting. (We looked at that in my last post)
After His ministry there, I’m sure He was tired. At least I am after I preach. Most people look forward to a nice restful day after the morning service.
As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.
When they back to the house, there was no dinner waiting. Simon Peter’s mother-in-law was sick and in bed. The Lord’s ministry wasn’t over for the day. He graciously prayed with her and her healing manifested.
After she got up, she served them. No problem. Dinner was only delayed a little. We could handle that. But it’s what happened next that we need to take to heart.
That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.
As soon as the sun started to set, people began to gather. Please realize that this wasn’t a planned meeting. What the Lord was actually looking forward to was a restful night at home with His disciples.
The next thing they knew, the entire town had shown up at their doorstep. They weren’t there simply to get a look at the new prophet that had come to town. They were there to be ministered to.
What was Jesus’ response? Did He tell them to go home and He’d plan another meeting for tomorrow after a good night’s rest? Absolutely not! He flowed with the leading of the Holy Spirit and shared the power of God with those waiting.
My question for this generation is; do we want the inconvenience of a truly Spirit-led walk? Are we prepared to give up some of our precious “me time”? Are we willing to minister to the hurting people around us, no matter when we’re called into action?
This is what we’re destined for – a ministry like Jesus. But in order to walk in it, we need to change some of our attitudes toward our time. We have to realize that our schedules don’t belong to us; they belong to God the Father. We must be willing to let Him set the agenda and the course of our lives.
Question: How do “spiritual interruptions” affect your attitudes?
© 2017 Nick Zaccardi