May 19, 2022 Cindy Goding

Be Jesus

Be Jesus

By Allison Paala

I have been doing a short Bible reading plan on my Bible app about productivity. Today the devotional and scripture was on how Jesus was very productive during his 3 years of ministry even though he did not always do it in a conventional way. 

When we think of being "productive", we often think of making a list of things to do and getting them all finished. However, Christ calls us to be productive in sharing His word and bringing others to Him. Sometimes what we view as a distraction can actually be more productive than the task we started on. In John 4:1-43  the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well is a great example of this. This story from beginning to end shows how important taking time for others is and following God's whispers when we hear them. Jesus did not need to stop and talk to a Samaritan woman. It took up time he needed for traveling. But he stopped and spoke the gospel to the woman, which led her to spread the word to others.

We need to be intentional in our actions and use discernment, which does not mean perfectly planning each day. Life is not one big to-do list. It is a series of opportunities to share Christ's love and his Word with others. If we let Him, God will lead us to people, places, and events in which we have opportunities to share the gospel. We talked Tuesday night in Bible study about the importance of the Great Commission and what it meant for us.

"And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” -Matthew 28:18-20

So go on and get distracted! Get distracted by praying for a homeless person, or helping an elderly person with groceries. Leave the laundry alone and go color with sidewalk chalk with your kids, read them a book, or look at the stars. Take time to listen to a friend who is struggling and take them out for coffee. Be intentional and prayerful in your relationships and how you live, showing Christ's love not just through your words, but your actions.  

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” -John 13:34‭-‬35