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Important People

11 October 2011

Reading: Nehemiah 5-6. Psalm 146; Luke 24

Scripture:

28 By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, 29 but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them. 30 As they sat down to eat, he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. 31 Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared! (Luke 24:28-31 NLT)

It was Resurrection Day! Jesus is alive and the Gospel is true and salvation has come! It seems like we should at least have a network television news crew to document and report the greatest event in human history!

And what was Jesus doing? He was walking along a country road with two of his followers, Cleopas and one other, not even part of the Big Twelve. Seven miles at three miles per hour—it was at least a two hour walk—and Jesus just walked and talked and listened and then went home to dinner with them. On Resurrection Day!

Didn’t the risen Christ have more important things to do on Resurrection Day than hang out with a couple of discouraged low-ranking disciples? Apparently not!

I want to get the Kingdom of God perspective on who I should be with and what I should be doing with my time. I’ve had two memorable experiences recently in seemingly insignificant situations and out-of-the-way places where I very clearly sensed that God was telling me, “There’s no place on earth you should be and nothing you should be doing that’s more important than being right here right now with these people!”

Two big things for me to capture: 1) God doesn’t measure “important” like people do. 2) Be fully present in the place I am and with the people I’m with now.

Prayer:

Father, I hear you and I ask you to help me think right about “important.” Please help me to live each moment and engage fully with the person I’m with in each moment. I believe that the people you want me to be with are the most important people and the place you want me to be is the most important place. For me. Now. Amen.

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