DayBreaks for 9/10/18: Ready to be Interrupted
From the DayBreaks archive, 2008 – Michael Card’s “From the Studio”, 8/23/08:
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. – COLOSSIANS 4:5
“My friend and pastor Denny Denson was in the middle of a sermon one Sunday morning when a young man he had been witnessing to for months slipped into the back of the church. The young man was a victim of crack cocaine and had more than once tried to get off the drug, promising to someday attend our church. When Denny saw him walk in that morning, he was hopeful and excited that he had come.
“After a few minutes the young man got up and walked back outside. Denny understood at once what he needed to do. He stopped in the middle of his sermon and asked the congregation to go to prayer. With that, he followed the man outside and caught up with him a block from the church. After perhaps fifteen minutes the two of them came back inside with good news. The young man had finally accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. The remainder of the service was spent in worship. Denny never finished his sermon!”
Isn’t it interesting how we get set on a course of argument or action and are loathe to deviate from it in ever the slightest ways? As I read Mike’s account of his friend, Denny, I tried to picture myself on a Sunday morning as I deliver a message, and I asked myself, “What would I have done in the circumstance described?” I’ll be honest…I’m not sure what I would have done. Part of me is ruled by “order” and “the plan” and I might have foolishly kept on preaching when I should have stopped. Preachers are very prone to thinking that whatever they are talking about is the most important thing at the moment – that people have come to listen to what’s being said. And I’m sure that there’s a certain amount of truth in that mindset – a preacher should have a message from God for the people – they shouldn’t be speaking at all. But, “church” isn’t about the sermon – church is about Jesus and humans who need Him.
Denny Denson recognized that fact and had the wisdom and courage to stop in the middle of his prepared remarks. It didn’t matter that the prepared sermon wasn’t finished – Denny acted out a far more important sermon by stopping and going to the young man. It’s what Jesus would have done, I believe.
How willing are you to be interrupted from your carefully laid plans in order to be responsive to human need and the leading of the Spirit? Will you stop what you’re doing today and truly love someone like Jesus if the opportunity arises? Jesus was being interrupted all the time – and we never hear him complain about it even once. May we become more like him!
PRAYER: Jesus, don’t let us become slaves to the plan we’ve formulated for our day, but rather let us be open to Your plan for us this day! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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