Speed Up!

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Speed up!

Are you in a hurry? I am so guilty of this. My fear of being late for something drives me to be focused that I often miss what God has for me. Prompt is a good thing, or so I thought.  You could say I drive around God’s plan in pursuit of my own, honking for His plan to get out of my way. I don’t think I’m alone, read the Old Testament. Or better yet, take a look at your life. It’s easy to see it in someone else’s life because that’s our nature. We can preach all day about the sins of others and ignore ours. I do it, how about you?

So, why are we in such a hurry? Good question. It’s like we’re born, we conquer or get conquered and then we die. For many men, I suspect this is true. But what if the point of life was not about this at all. Wouldn’t you want to know before you get to the end of your life that you had chosen the right path? How senseless is it to ignore that question. But most of us do. It seems the older we get the more we understand time, that’s because we have less of it left (LOL). When we were young it felt like we had forever. How foolish was that?

Confrontations. I am slow to confront others when they say things about me or what I am a part of. How about you? Communication is important and so often we shy away from it. I’m terribly guilty of this. Often I let things go that are said in hopes that people will discover the truth. The truth is I’m flawed, and so are you. The truth is we often forget that.

Luke 10:25-37 ESV

25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’

36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

As with all the parables Jesus told, they are rich in Kingdom truth. To be a part of the Kingdom is to live, act and think differently. Not that we always get this right but it’s the model Christ gives that inspires us to this new way.

These were not bad people so to speak. In fact they thought they were good people and doing the right thing. Sounds familiar maybe because it is.

For me, I’d rather not deal with God’s plan sometimes because I have my own agenda. Sounds terrible but we all do it from time to time. God is about teaching us new things as the Kingdom is radically different than the culture around us. It’s easy to jump in and help sometimes and sometimes it’s downright hard for a variety of reasons.

For instance: Is someone doing you wrong? Are they saying false things about you? Are you doing the same about them? The Kingdom says pray for your enemies…. Do you? Do I? Prayer changes us and helps us become part of the solution versus problem.

I soo want to help. How about you? It starts with an active God’s Word time, prayer time and an honest look at yourself. One that you get out of the way and recognize and honor God’s position. The opportunity to grow is all around us. When we become a follower of Christ, we’ve entered a life of change. We have been freed by Christ to change and it should happen everyday, 24/7/365 for our lifetime.

I need to be reminded of this lest I get set in my ways. My ways are not his ways for sure. It’s stinking hard sometimes but I want to embrace it because God is so good and I want to be close to His heart. That requires that I get over myself and embrace his will. The same is true for you. My prayer is you will and God will do a brand new thing in your life. Kingdom living, “it’s might fine”. Young person, wise up, older person, get a new perspective, and let’s all slow down and embrace God’s plan today.

Lord, make me sensitive to your Holy Spirit’s direction for today. I don’t want to speed ahead of you, just walk in step. Teach me how to walk in Your Way today. In the name of Jesus, my Lord, our Lord, the One who provided this Way….the Way of the Cross.  Amen.

Author: Pastor Dick Smith

Youth Pastor/Worship Leader follower of Christ Helping students find and follow Jesus

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