Sometimes it takes time.
Acts 15:33 “After spending some time there, they were sent off by the believers with the blessing of peace to return to those who had sent them.”
Sometimes it takes time. Decisions needing to be made can take time to convey to people. There can be a tendency for leaders to rush through their views, their desires and their vision. They have held the roadmap for a long time and what they don’t want is any wasted time. But time over such important decisions and communications is never wasted. We need to allow people to take whatever time they need to fully understand. And for these people of Antioch? ‘Don’t listen to the Pharisaic believers, you don’t need to be circumcised, you belong to God now.’ It took time for the Antioch church to receive this, it was too good to be true, but it was true and Judas and Silas spent time explaining it to them.
Sometimes it takes time. I remember a few years ago visiting some people with a fellow minister and prior to stepping into that meeting the minister said to me, ‘let’s get this over with and get out of here.’ The whole point was going and coming away, not being there. Receiving a blessing of peace does not come after a rushed meeting.
Let’s slow things down with people. Let’s take time with our conversations especially when we are bringing hope and encouragement. People deserve the time. Let’s enjoy our conversations today. Sometimes it takes time.