Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” (John 21:12)
TOO BUSY TO LOVE* (Read: John 21:1-14)
Our lives can get so busy with Christian activities that we couldn’t have time to tell our neighbor about the love of God if that neighbor walked right up to us and asked us about it.
Do you have the time to love people? Not just a quick “hello” or a formal “How are you doing — but make it short because I gotta go.” Do you have time to really love and serve people? Do you have time to be interrupted, if necessary, by their lives?
Jesus never seemed in a hurry when it came to people. He always had time to serve and to love. He even had time to cook the disciples breakfast and eat with them (John 21:12). With all the important things he could have been doing before he left this earth, he was cooking fish. Why? Because loving people is important, and loving people means having time to be with them, to serve them. What kind of time do you have for others?
Aw, guilty ako dito, aminado ako. Naalala ko nung youth chairman pa ako, I had the urge (burden) to be with the kids (well majority of them were younger than me), to have a meaningful time with them, but then again, it seemed they didn’t have the time for such activity. Talk about paradox! … Hindi naman sa nagrereklamo ako about it– you know, I’ve given up the role a long time ago (hmm, a year ago?), and resolved to be just in the background, a supporter. Pero sa tingin ko nandun pa rin yung responsibility. We know it differs from a role. You could have a role but don’t have responsibility. But you could be responsible without having positions. And ngayon nga, kahit na wala na akong ganun na position, I still feel the responsibility to think about the spiritual and emotional welfare of the youth in our church. I still want to mentor or disciple them, to really have time with them. It’s interesting and inspiring that Jesus really is the model after all of being that one person who had all the reason to be busy but still had time for His disciples.
I pray I could have the chance and opportunity (again) to do it, if they’re willing too. But now, I enjoy the simple “gathering” we have every Sunday, where I can talk and discuss with them about their recent whereabouts and concerns without the sense of a position (and pressure! Hehe). I thank God for the privilege to be able to minister and serve them in small ways. Let God’s glory be known and be shown in us even in our small efforts:
57 Thank God that he gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 So, then, brothers and sisters, don’t let anyone move you off the foundation of your faith. Always excel in the work you do for the Lord. You know that the hard work you do for the Lord is not pointless. (1 Corinthians 15:57-58, GW)
PRAY ABOUT IT: Father, today help me say no to busyness and yes to people. Help me listen, really listen, to their hearts and sincerely take time to meet their needs.
Random thought: Sa verses 9-10, Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” — naisip ko lang… saan nakakuha ng fish si Jesus? Kung sina Peter nga hindi ka’gad nakahuli, tas biglang Sya meron na? Hehe, wala lang, naisip ko lang talaga. Siguro nakahuli na ka’gad Sya. He’s the miracle-working God :)
*excerpt; from GOD’s WORD for Students — 365 Daily Devotions