GodReflection: It’s Jesus Friday
Every week or two I was to lead a group to pack one half dozen small boxes of clothing and literature, and take them to the Post Office. The destination was the poor in the Philippines. The poor needed our second hand garments and used Sunday school books—at least that’s what I assumed.
My share Jesus record with fellow students was rather dismal—as I remember—it was non-existence.
I read in the Gospel where Jesus taught and fed. He healed and taught. He taught and touched. His humanity gets tired and pulls back for rest. I read that not even he made it to visit John in prison. Rather he sends a message.
After each rest and power renewal with the Father, he returns to teach equipped to care.
I want to be more like that.
Often I find it helpful to draw tension triangles. I place Teaching at one point of the triangle, Human Need at the second corner and Gary at the third tip. I see Jesus as the center. It is hard to reach balance between teaching, meeting human need, and keeping Gary’s needs in perspective.
I feel constant tension to keep my focus on Jesus at the core of my triangle. That helps balance the other three.
Here is what I think.
Jesus came to earth to show me the heart of God and to invite me into sonship with the Holy. By signing on with Jesus his mission becomes my mission. Alignment with the mission of Jesus happens when I accept his invitation to join God’s family and care for others.
I want to care when others are sick. God hurts when His children hurt. I am to be His hands and heart. I want to touch lives and meet need. I too want to learn better how to rest and be empowered by renewal with the Father.
I don’t issue myself gold stars and “way to go” stickers on any of the above. So, here I am once more in complete reliance on the grace of Jesus.
Jesus fills my gaping inadequacy gap. I declare once again, it’s Jesus.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on Teach and Care.