Saturday, September, 1, 2018 | 7:27 AM | by June
When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. - Luke 4:40
I’ve heard a lot of talk lately revolving around how quickly this summer flew by. Yes . . . you are reading the September First Impressions. I don’t know about you, but there were a lot of things I hoped to get done and a lot of things that I hoped to experience, and I never got the chance. It seemed like a lot of stuff got crowded out. Some of what it was important stuff. And I have to confess, some of the stuff that I let crowd out the important stuff was really not so important.
At this point, families with school age children or grandchildren are faced with the beginning school year. That means carpooling, sports practices and games, band practice, supervising homework, and the list goes on. For others, there is the beginning of NCAA and NFL football. It does take time to watch all of time to watch all those Saturday and Sunday games. Then there is the Church. It seems like every congregation that I know of starts up its new program year with all kinds of important activities ac-companied by an expectation that you will be there for each one of them.
I was reading about an event from the life of Jesus recorded in Luke 4:40-44. Maybe it was that all of the expectations of the season seemed to be crowding in on my life, but whatever the reason, it read completely different to me. Let me explain.
I never saw before that the people brought the people brought ALL who had various kinds of sickness. It jumped out to me that this simple sentence was saying that they cleaned out every corner of sickness in their community and brought EVERYONE affected to Jesus. There was nobody that was overlooked or left. They were all brought to Jesus. It looks like they were on a mission. I could speak volumes on this, but that is not the part that amazed me. The next part of the sentence says that he laid his hands on EACH ONE and healed them. This is saying that he wiped out ALL of the sickness in the com-munity. Not only that, he cast out the demons that were there. Again, I could go on about this, but this is not the amazing part either.
Now, listen to the next part. “At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place.” He was going to rest, refresh, and spend time with His Father as He often did. Then it goes on to say that the people from the town came out to find Him and tried to keep Him from leaving them. That is the part that startled me. I wondered what Jesus said to those who reproached Him for going to bed after the end of a day like that.
At this point, Jesus revealed His true mission. He said, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” It is evident that He was clear within Himself. He had a mission, He had priorities, He would not be taken off track.
For me, it spoke of the importance of doing my homework. It is a great time of year to revisit my personal mission and my priorities. I want to encourage you to settle spiritual battle that takes place when there are multiple pulls on your resources of time, treasure and talents. Re-mind yourself that there really are limits to your capacity. Following this example and other from the life of Jesus, we can see His affirmation of that reality.
Commit yourself to align yourself with God’s priorities for your life. I guarantee it will free you to walk in peace. You will experience a sense of freedom to serve Him and His kingdom.
God Be Praised!