There is this thing that you do.
You enjoy it.
There is another thing that you do.
You enjoy that too.
What do you do? Can you do both of them? Sounds like a silly question, but it’s worth taking a step back and acknowledge that in some way you connect with what you enjoy and when there is something else you enjoy you manage to keep both and in some sense they can complement each other.
I was reflecting recently on how Jesus read a passage from the prophet Isaiah when He was offered the opportunity to share something at his home town synagogue. The section He read outlined what the Spirit of God had anointed Him to do. Once He had read something that had been written centuries earlier, He sat down and explained to the listeners that it had been fulfilled. IT was a rather remarkable statement for this man to make.
What I was taken by, however, on the reflection, was how those things were different and complemented each other. Consider:
- Proclaim good news to the poor
- Proclaim liberty to captives
- Recovering of sight to the blind
- Set at liberty those who are oppressed
- Proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour
Look at the picture of the Messiah depicted. Look at the things that He does. Look at those who are impacted. And look at how they connect and complement each other. You could see three or four different groups of people, or you can see people. You can see talk and action, or you can see service. You see different things that complement each other. Different things operating together paining one picture.
Jesus fulfilling this is amazing. It’s what He did on earth. Since ascending from the earth has that changed? There are still poor, blind, oppressed and those in captivity, does that require the same from those who follow Jesus? Isn’t it exciting to think that some will be able to do some of those tasks better than others? Isn’t it intriguing to know we can learn from each others’ passion for elements of that service?
These things can be enjoyed and as we connect we can complement each other. Just like an interconnected body of believers serving people.
Sounds like a really good idea.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden