June 4, Saturday

dougEditor’s Note:  Today’s AMI QT Devotional is provided by Doug Tritton. Doug, a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, is currently pursuing a M.Div. at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, while working full-time.  He is married to Cindy, and they serve at Symphony Church in Boston. 

Devotional Thoughts for Today

Luke 18:35-43

As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

4Something that I have been thinking about recently is that we spend a large chunk of our time going from one place to another. Whether driving to work, walking to class, taking the train somewhere, or just walking to get something from the fridge—much of our time is spent in transit. Usually, the only thing on my mind while moving is the destination – everything else is just an obstacle. Isn’t this why people have road rage? They just want to reach their destination as quickly as possible, and every car that hinders them is an annoyance and an obstacle. Unfortunately, we can often treat people as annoyances and obstacles when they “get in our way.”

However, to Jesus no one was an obstacle or an annoyance. I’m sure He had a very busy schedule, traveling from town to town to speak and to perform miracles. He probably had a schedule to keep; yet Jesus was willing to break His schedule in order to love people along the way. His focus was not on His destination, but on people. In this particular passage, He was on His way to Jerusalem to fulfill His purpose, yet He was still willing to step aside from His plans to bless this blind man.

When you read the Gospels, you see that most of Jesus’ recorded ministry consisted of unplanned events – a blind man crying out, a woman grabbing onto His coat, or a man being thrust through a roof. In light of this, let’s ask ourselves this: how much space do we leave in our lives for unplanned ministry? Is our ministry solely about planned meet-ups or serving at set times? Or are we willing to step outside our schedules to minister to a person in need, or to share the gospel with a person waiting to hear it?

This is very challenging to me personally because once my mind is set on a goal or a destination, I have a hard time breaking out of that. Yet, Jesus calls us to die to ourselves, to follow His example, and to love the people we encounter. Today, let’s make room for love, even in the midst of transition, even when we think we are on a tight deadline. Let’s see people as people in need of God’s love and not obstacles in our way.

Prayer

Lord, give us eyes today to see people as You see them. Let us love those we encounter and be a blessing. Not just to those we plan to bless but even the people You bring into our lives in unplanned ways. Let us love like Jesus and be willing to minister, even at the cost of our time.

Bible Reading for Today: Psalm 62-3

 

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