Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


April 14, 2011

How many things do you have to do today? How many of them are good things? How many do you really need to do? Most all of them, right? But how do we decide what’s going to be done, and what not?

Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else---to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.
                                                 --Mark 1:38 TNIV
Not long after Jesus begins his ministry, he’s flooded with needs. Healings. Preaching. Announcing the Kingdom. Compassion, on and on. If he would have stayed in one place, he could have stayed more than busy. But it’s about something more than meeting those particular needs that he came. And he turns to his closest few and gives them a lesson, and I think us as well: “That is why I have come.” And he presses on. Yes, he leaves a “bird in the hand” only to start over elsewhere, again and again.
What about those questions I asked us about above? From a Christ-centered perspective, might we benefit by re-thinking, “That is why I have come.” Remember, Christ has us where we are to make a difference—so get on about it, friend.
Dale Patterson