Do we work like Jesus?
John 8 v1-2
“Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them.”
I’ve been having a few days this week to rest and I’ve enjoyed sleeping longer than I usually do. I’ve even been caught having a little sleep in the afternoon too! I must be getting old!
Jesus was a lot younger than me when John records him getting up early in the morning to go to work again. But this was nothing to do with age but living out His purpose in life.
We know throughout the gospels of several times when Jesus got up early and at times before anyone else got up!
The day after spending the night on Mount Olives Jesus was in the temple early ready to teach. At first hardly anyone was there, it was probably too early, but soon a crowd gathered to hear him.
He sat down to teach. It was of course rabbinical custom. The Scriptures were read standing up but then the sermon was given sitting down to indicate that the words were now from the rabbi not that of the prophets of old.
Today we are reminded:
There are times when:
- We must get up early. Whether that is to pray or to work. I first began getting up early in my first church. It was a farming community and the families in the church were all awake before the sun rose for work duties. As their Pastor I felt obliged to get up when they got up. They taught me well!
- Turn up to do God’s work whatever that is even when it doesn’t look worthwhile. You may think what you are doing is insignificant but keep going for the crowds will come. Your work will move to a new level if you keep persisting.
- Don’t break every custom, use some in order to make the gospel more easily received. Some breeze in and announce wholesale change. Some things should never change, thats just the fact and the sooner we know it the better.