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Stick to Your Agenda for God

Take a step back so you can see what you really need to see, and respond how you really need to respond.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Mark 14:40, ” And when He returned, He found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him. “

Background

In the movie Mr. Mom , Jack Butler gets laid off from his job and becomes a stay-at-home dad when his wife goes back to work to make ends meet. But what he quickly discovers is that being at home with three young kids and taking care of the house is much tougher than he realized. On his first trip to the grocery store, he knocked over a stack of canned beans, toppled a pyramid of grapefruit, and temporarily lost two of his kids from out of his shopping cart. Around the house one morning he fought a washing machine whose water hoses pulled loose from the wall, doused a smoldering fire of chili his 5 year-old was cooking, and wrestled a vacuum and had the bag explode trying to save his boy’s blankie. Dropping off the oldest at school, he ignored the instruction of his son and tried to bypass the long carpool line, only to be scolded by the teacher for doing it wrong. Now, any one of these could and probably would have pushed most of us beyond our breaking point, especially if one of our hopes is to keep an orderly home free of wasted time cleaning up unnecessary messes, or to simply get in and out of a store without any issues with the kids. But that doesn’t sound like real life to me, and setting your goals on such certainly is inviting aggravation and disappointment where no invitation is needed.

Application

In Gethsemane, Jesus asked for prayer, awoke His sleeping ” prayer warriors, ” asked for prayer again, and found them dozing a second time and third time. Think back to the last time you asked someone three times to do something and they disappointed you each time. What came out of your heart and mouth when your will had been crossed yet again? It’s not good to be disregarded or disobeyed, but it’s not Christ-like to blow a fuse to express your frustration and get your way. There are bigger fish to fry than avoiding spills and staying completely on schedule. Jesus was focused on redeeming the souls who couldn’t stay awake long enough to pray for their own well-being. Call it an agenda, call it priorities, call it your purpose. Whatever its name, make sure it’s as big as it should be.

Charge

As we seek Him today, take a step back so you can see what you really need to see, and respond how you really need to respond.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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