Who’s on First?

Posted: May 4, 2012 in Uncategorized
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The text says, “When many of his disciples heard it, they said, -‘This is a hard saying: who can listen to it?'” (John 6:60). No doubt every one of us has a unique and different story. Our lives have been shaped by a multitude of experiences, genetics, and other matters. We have different professions, different talents, and even different obstacles. But is the Word of God for everyone, except me, or except you? Is there one of us that is an exception to what God says?

This morning I cannot help but wonder what would the world be like today if the apostle Paul had allowed his making of tents (his profession) come before sharing the Gospel and making disciples. What if Paul had said on the way to Damascus that day, “Lord, I will serve you, but keep in mind I have a business to run. I have to do this first, and with the time left I will make disciples.”

Jesus said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God, and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33). What were those things that he was talking about? He was talking about the basic responsibilities of life, such as food and clothes, and making a living. God has given to each of us the same number of minutes in every day. He has called those who are His people to “Go and make disciples.” (Matt. 28:18-20).So if I am allowing other matters to keep me from seeking God’s kingdom first by making disciples, what does that say about my life?

I heard someone say one time, “If you don’t have time to do the things God said to do, then you are either doing the wrong things, or you are doing the right things the wrong way.” By the way, John 6 continues, “After this many of his disciples turned back, and no longer walked with him.” (v. 66). These are some pretty heavy things to think about as we come into the weekend. But you might want to think about God’s priorities today.

  1. Surely you are not suggesting that we should all quit our jobs and go about making disciples instead? Plus. let’s face it, life was much simpler back then. For instance we didn’t have electric bills or cars to gas up etc. A responsible person would never do this that is suggested in the above blog. 1 Timothy 5:8

    English Standard Version (ESV)

    8 But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

    • Not suggesting we should not provide for our families. Paul wrote, “If you don’t work you don’t eat.” He supported his ministry making tents. But, it is a matter of priorities.

  2. Tom and Diane Pace says:

    As Brad wrote yesterday, “Jesus doesn’t negotiate the terms of our following Him.” We have a responsibility for the stewardship of what God has given us whether our family, or our colleagues at work or our neighbors. So it just comes back to the title of this blog, Who’s on first?

  3. Jay Floyd says:

    Paul was a tent maker. I think that is important because he showed that he was not depending on others to support him, but also helping support the ministry and not being a burden on others, but he didn’t write books on tent making and a chapter on ministry. His focus was ministry and his support was his job. Many people spend all of their time on their jobs and then come to church on Sunday when it is convenient. Instead, I think Jesus wants us to serve him wherever we are, but remembering the eternal and storing up treasures in heaven where moths and rust do not destroy rather than focusing all of our energy storing up treasures here. Yes, we are to provide for our famlies, but, in doing that, we are to have the balance so that we don’t neglect our main mission, ….going into all the earth and making disciples. I know a lot of people who have great jobs, make a lot of money, but are spiritually empty. It’s a matter of priorities and the heart…as always.

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