The Inconvenient Truth
What a great week! We just got finished with Bridgetown’s busiest week of the summer. We had four teams from four different churches with four different church back grounds. We had a crazy week of learning culture and loving on it. The students were challenged and left changed.
There were two things that I learned this week. The first thing is no matter what anybody believes as long as we love Jesus we can make a difference in peoples lives. The second thing is everything really does rise and fall on leadership. So the question must be asked who are you leading? And where are you leading them. This last week I was talking to one of our guests and I knew it was time for me to leave to keep on schedule. At that moment I felt something in me ask “What do you want to teach the kids right now? Do you want to teach them that keeping the schedule is most important or loving people is most important?” I had to choose and I chose to stay put and talk to my guest even though everything inside of me was saying I NEED to stay on schedule.
I found the story of Jairus going through my head at the moment. This man had a very sick daughter and knew that Jesus could heal her but on the way to his house a women with a bleeding problem reached out and touched the hem of Jesus cloak. At that moment Jesus stopped and asked, “Who touched me?” Jesus wanted to see the face of the women and let her know that he sees her. I can imagine Jairus is probably freaking out at this point. He is probably frustrated with Jesus for stopping. I mean his daughter is sick and almost dead and Jesus stopped to acknowledge this woman. Then one of Jairus’ servants came and told him that his daughter has died and he should not bother the teacher anymore. But Jesus went anyway and raised the girl from the dead.
Even in a life or death situation, Jesus stopped. We should be more like Jesus in this. We should live our lives listening and wanting the voice of the Holy Spirit to guide us. I think we stop hearing the Holy Spirit is because we stop responding to his voice. Lets be people who stop. Let us be people who are willing to be inconvenienced. I will end with this, A man I met this last week named Reverend said this “They are important because they are people.” Lets not put duty or schedule in front of people.