Mark 1:37,38 NKJV - "When they found Him, they said to Him, 'Everyone is looking for You.' But He said to them, 'Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.'"
Have you ever felt guilty because you didn't do "something for the Lord" because you already were? Some of you know how I feel at times when I'm busy with what needs to be done, including reaching out to other people and then having more needs "thrown" at me almost demanding my immediate attention. Should I alter my ministry plans to take on a "more pressing matter?" That's a tough decision to make and I don't want to go the "wrong way."
Our Daily Verses show the disciples coming to Jesus with the word that many people were searching for Him. He apparently "put off" this request by saying He had many others to reach as well. Of course, He is God and He always knew what was the priority matter to handle. We're certainly not God and we sometimes wonder which way to go. I had that happen again most recently and I just felt I had to put off the "urgent" matter and continue on with the ministry I was already involved with. It's not an easy decision to make!
Some years ago I was in an auto repair shop. My eye caught a statement printed and posted for all to see. It said, "The emergency on your part does not constitute a crisis on our part." In other words, "take a number and you'll be served in order of who is next in line." Not necessarily Biblical, but sometimes that's the practical wisdom we have to follow.
If your day starts with serious prayer, you'll find the "immediate wisdom" coming to you when those tough decisions have to be made. If you're seriously trusting the Lord and seeking Him each day He will never let you down. My encouragement to you is to busy yourself at what you know God wants you to do. If He allows other matters to come to your attention you can trust Him to guide you. Sometimes sharing the load is the right way to go. Pray that others would sense God's call to be helpers in the work. That's part of what discipleship is about.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.