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Make Time for Jesus

Put a little piece of consistency in the middle of your randomness and let the effects permeate every area of your life.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Mark 15:21, ” Then they compelled a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, as he was coming out of the country and passing by, to bear His cross. “

Background

There is a friend at work whose life is full of characters, and one of the most colorful from her past is named Junebug. I’m not sure if Junebug was a cousin or relative or just a friend of the family, but he was mostly just one of those people that lived in a rural county that everybody knew. And if you needed something, Junebug could get it or get it done for you.
If you told someone one day about needing some help getting your garden plowed, before the week was out, Junebug would have that ground tilled up and ready. He also had a knack for turning up in all sorts of places. When the river flooded some years back, and the news was on the scene to cover the story, who else but Junebug was seen on television ferrying people in boats to safety. When my friend’s sister was at a funeral for the relative of a co-worker, who else but Junebug was helping out with the pallbearers. Now, I don’t know how random these sightings were, or what events led up to Junebug’s ubiquitous presence. Some people seem to live a life of randomness to those of us who go the more conventional route. In scripture, nothing seems more random than the soldiers forcing a traveler from out of town, from out of the country, to pick up and carry the cross of Jesus. It has sort of a Forrest Gump feel to it.

Application

But some of us might easily relate to that sort of encounter. We live it in our relationship with Jesus. From one day to the next we might have a fly-by encounter, or we might bump into Him through a friend. But scheduling times with Him or spending time together on a regular basis hasn’t quite made it into our bloodstream. We’re not strangers, but there’s plenty of room for improvement. If you’re more of a Simon the Cyrenian or a Junebug than you should be, then it’s time to start making time. This is a relationship of love that you’re missing out on. It’s closeness and peace and assurance, no matter how random the rest of your day or life is.

Charge

As we seek Him today, put a little piece of consistency in the middle of your randomness and let the effects permeate every area of your life.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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