October 22nd – Running Right Past

Running is not the goal. My Name calls to direction, then to steadfastness, then to sensitivity, then to bend to My daily will. You seek for speed of attainment, and for accumulation. These ways are below those whom I call to greater purpose; for direction received daily, for steadfastness that you would not be altered from your way, to the attentiveness of My Spirit that you would hear and see with My eyes, and then to obedience that today’s walk would be commanded more by My calling than that of the world’s.

Remember your creation and the grace that called you forth; it was for the work of the Father. The good works of God flowing through your hands; My words to others from your lips. Slow, that you may accomplish the greater call. The reward is not for haste, but for the great work that is done in the following.

Matthew 20:29-34 (ESV) – And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him.  And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”  The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” And stopping, Jesus called them and said, “What do you want me to do for you?”  They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.”  And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him.

Bottom Line: Jesus, our ultimate example, had an incredible amount to get accomplished in the three short years of His ministry. The Bible records only a very small portion of His work while here on earth (see John 21:25). Yet, even with the mission of setting up a redemptive path for mankind, starting a global church, and bringing forth and educating Israel and the surrounding nations about the true Kingdom of God, He always seemed to have the time to stop and meet the needs of those along the way. So many times in Scripture, we see a very tired Jesus going out of his way, from what seemed to be the plan for the day, to heal, counsel, teach and bounce children on His knee. It seems His whole ministry was one of interruption, but He knew his call was to be flexible and meet the needs of those around Him. That is our mission too. Slow down. Don’t race past what could be, in eternity’s eyes,  your “real” work for today.

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