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MESSAGE FROM OUR MINISTER - SUNDAY 16 AUGUST 2020
Matthew 15: 21 - 28 (NIV) Godly Interruptions!
21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” 23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” 25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. 26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” 27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” 28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.
A university professor had carefully planned his daily schedule, and it looked as if every minute was accounted for. But then his friend asked him, “What about interruptions?” The professor answered, “They are scheduled from 11.15 to 11.30.” It would be nice if we could schedule our interruptions, but life is not like that. Life is more like an earthquake that strikes unexpectedly.
People interrupted Jesus at every turn. When he wanted to be alone with his disciples, a persistent mother found him. And vast crowds brought the sick of every kind to him for healing. Jesus never turned them aside, for he did not see them as interruptions, but rather as sheep without a shepherd (Matthew 9:36). On some occasions we are more like the disciples, who disliked interruptions. They wanted Jesus to disperse all would-be inquirers. The disciples were more concerned about their own needs than helping others in desperate circumstances. Well, we need to schedule time for rest, recuperation and spiritual refreshment. Nevertheless, we also need love, patience and self-control when hurting people break into our lives. Because we know that God orders our lives, we can lay aside our plans, if necessary, to help those in need.
If not too often, there are times when we as disciples of Jesus blindly follow our own agenda. There is no room in our schedule for interruptions. Yet Jesus comes to us in the person of the one who has great needs. And he told us that when we do things for people in need, we are actually doing them for him (Matthew 25:34 – 40).
Every blessing in Christ Jesus,
Rev. Asif Das.