The Daily Agenda Of Jesus
Brennan Manning called Jesus a "Magnetic Force".
I like that description. A lot. For many reasons. There was something about him.
As I was reading John 1 this morning, a few really interesting things about Jesus jumped out at me in a way that I had never seen them before. Here is the text:
The next day John was back at his post with two disciples, who were watching. He looked up, saw Jesus walking nearby, and said, “Here he is, God’s Passover Lamb.” The two disciples heard him and went after Jesus. Jesus looked over his shoulder and said to them, “What are you after?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” He replied, “Come along and see for yourself.” They came, saw where he was living, and ended up staying with him for the day. It was late afternoon when this happened. - John 1:35-39
Let me briefly set the stage.... Jesus arrives on the scene. He has yet to perform any miracles. He was just authenticated as the son of God, and yet people are already talking. The buzz is in the air. Word is getting out. The Son of God is Here. Present. Living. Approachable.
Two things specifically leap out to me from this text: How approachable and sacrificial Jesus was with his time as well as His personal space.
While He had an overall intent and purpose to His living, it appears that His day to day agenda was far less structured and orchestrated than we often make ours to be.
Example... Most of the time my relational encounters are developed and maintained with parameters that I am comfortable with. Unless you completely creep me out, I am happy to give you 60 minutes of my time, on a specifically scheduled day at a specifically scheduled location. Perhaps, if it was beneficial to me, I will opt for another time together in the future. This gives me complete control as to how fast, if at all, I would like the relationship to progress. Self-Serving. However, it would be extremely rare, if ever, that I would spontaneously invite you to just come over and spend the day together with no agenda.
Jesus didn't play by those rules. He immediately invited people to come and see where He was living, and apparently didn't ask them to leave after they got the tour of the place. His guests were not run out once the meal had ended. He didn't have to get going because He had "so much stuff to get done" that day. He made time to sit and talk and relax and eat and drink.... No agenda other than building relationship. Establishing friendship. The house didn't have to be spotless. He didn't have to schedule it in advance on His calendar. He spontaneously invited and immediately engaged. He was present. Connected. Interested. People were the priority, everything else would wait.
I don't know about you, but often times my life becomes so busy that if a similar situation would happen in my world, I would not have the freedom to be able to clear out my afternoon and spend quality time with other people. I keep myself too busy. My schedule far too hectic.
I want to follow in the ways of Jesus. What that looks like in this passage is clearing my life so that I have time and energy for the most important thing: others.
Care to join?