Interruptions

I was reading my book in my office on my lunch break when a student came in upset and sat down to talk.I was driving down the road in Lubbock on my way to a friend's house when I saw someone walking in the rain. I was jogging through a neighborhood when I saw a lady struggling to pull her trashcan down the driveway. I was sleeping when I received a text message from a hurting friend. I was sightseeing in the beautiful mountains of Rwanda when some kids followed our group. I was shopping in Wal-mart when I noticed the lady behind me couldn't reach the item she needed.

Some of the greatest displays of "ministry" in the Word were the times that Jesus was interrupted.

I recently read in a book by mike bickle that "the chief ministry of Jesus was to make His Father's character known to the world"... Jesus was faithful to make His Father's character known at every opportunity. Many of those times were when Christ was on His way to His destination and not at it.

"When he came to the other side two demon possessed men met Him..." (Matt. 8:28) "And getting into a boat he crossed over... and some people brought him a paralytic..." (Matthew9:1) "While he was saying these things, behold a ruler came and knelt before Him..." (Matthew 9:18) "And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him..." (Matthew 9:27) "As they were going away from there, behold, a demon possessed man... was brought to Him..." (Matthew 9:32)

Here are examples when Christ casted out demons, healed, and raised from the dead. How about the woman caught in adultery in John 8? Jesus was teaching in the temple and He was interrupted by the scribes, He stopped what He was doing and showed God's love, compassion, and forgiveness.

During all of these examples Jesus could have said "look I need to go preach the truth to these deceived people. I don't have time to stop and heal you, or raise you from the dead, or cast out these demons, I don't have time to stop and show you forgiveness, I need to get where I'm going, I need to keep doing what I'm doing. I have a plan and it is important"

No that's not our Jesus. Jesus took every interruption as an opportunity not an inconvenience. Every moment was another moment to display the Father's character to the world, wether the world at that moment was 5,000, 3,000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 12, 2, or 1. It didn't matter the numbers or the stature, He took the time to show the Father's love, the Father's heart, the Father's will.

Don't get frustrated in the interruptions but rather find the opportunity. Our chief ministry is to make the character of our Heavenly Father known to the world.

Be blessed,

J. Tate