Friday, August 17, 2007

A One Question Life


Life is complex for most people. They have more questions than they have time to answer. The have more stimulation than they can respond to. Living in this world of confusion about right and wrong and maximum stimulation can leave anyone overwhelmed and weary.

When we look closely at the life of Jesus, we see an absence of complexity. He was a man who lived answering only one question moment by moment. That question was “Father, what is your will for me right now?” He was a man who was stimulated from one source which was His Father’s will.

I recently met a man who has delivered mail on a daily basis for over 20 years. His entire job description is deliver. It is not his job to judge or condemn those who receive. His job is to simply deliver. It is not his job to control those who receive. It is his job to deliver. He looks at an address and delivers. That is his entire place in the complex city where he lives and works. He delivers. Hundreds of people depend on him to deliver.

Jesus delivered, too. He delivered an accurate picture of God. “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” He delivered love to his disciples day by day. “As the Father has loved, so I have loved you.”

A branch’s life is to deliver what is in the Vine. What if we suddenly realized that our only job is to deliver? What if we left the other details to God and stop trying to control things we don’t like? What if we simplified each moment by looking at the person standing in front of us and said “Lord, this is the right address, give me exactly the right message of love, compassion, forgiveness or joy and I will deliver it!”

How simple. I exist to deliver the fruit of God’s perfections moment by moment. What a great way to live!

Jesus said we are the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world”. Sounds like more delivery to me. When we deliver the good things of Jesus who dwells in us, we are the most like Jesus.

1 comment:

TeddyCook said...

The stimulation thought is good, thank you for sharing, delivering, what our Lord is doing in you. It's an honor to be able to read your thoughts. Teresa misses your teaching and example. We are praying for Abide.