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Day Five: Daily Diligence

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Mark 1:35 - “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

Several years ago an experienced cotton mill manager said to me, “Your greatest danger is letting the urgent things crowd out the important.” Extra hours of prayer and Bible study, a visit with that non-Christian friend, careful study of an important book: these can wait. But the urgent tasks call for instant action.

The gospel records show that Jesus worked hard. After describing a busy day Mark writes, “That evening after sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. The whole town gathered at the door to watch. So Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and he cast out many demons” (1:32-34a). One day after a strenuous teaching session, Jesus and his disciples went out in a boat. Even a storm didn’t awaken him (Mk 4:37-38). What a picture of exhaustion. Yet his life was never feverish; he had time for people. He could spend hours talking to one person, such as the Samaritan woman at the well. His life showed a wonderful balance, a sense of timing. When His brothers wanted him to go to Judea, he replied, “My time has not yet come” (Jn 7:6).

What was the secret of Jesus’ work? We find a clue following Mark’s account of Jesus’ busy day. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (1:35). Here is the “secret” of Jesus’ life and work for God: he prayerfully waited for his Father’s instructions and for the strength to follow them. Jesus had no divinely drawn blueprint; he discerned the Father’s will day by day in a life of prayer. Jesus’ prayerful waiting for God’s instructions freed him from the tyranny of the urgent. It gave him a sense of direction, set a steady pace, and enabled him to do every task God assigned. And on the last night he could say that he finished the work his Father gave him to do.
(Taken with edits from Charles Hummel’s Tyranny of the Urgent.)

Let’s praise and thank Jesus for his hard work in the past and present. If you find that you frequently “run out of time” to pray, in his love and his Spirit, consider setting a time each day that will help you. Let’s meet Jesus and hear him more and more as we pray for daily directions and strength. Let’s finish the works that God establishes and has given us to do each day.

-AP

Day Four: Put Laziness to Rest

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Day Three: Jesus’ Finished Work

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Day Two: Don’t Give Up

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Day One: Growing in Diligence

Monday, July 25th, 2016