Thursday, September 25, 2014

+DEV+ Task Or People Oriented?

Date: September 25, 2014 10:38 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Task Or People Oriented?

Task Or People Oriented?

"On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit....Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God." (Luke 13:10-11, 13)

Scripture Focus: Luke 13:10-17

Are you task-oriented or people-oriented? In any situation, do you first think of getting the job done? Or is your priority the people involved? 

As long as Jesus stuck to the teaching agenda, the religious leaders in this passage were fine. But Jesus was more concerned with people than with rules and tasks. He never seemed to mind getting "sidetracked." He saw a woman who had been crippled for 18 years. With a word and a touch, Jesus made her whole. 

The leaders were annoyed that their rules had been disrupted. They rebuked the people for wanting to be healed on the Sabbath. But Jesus rebuked them. If their legalism made an exception for watering animals on the Sabbath, surely one of God's chosen people was just as important, if not more so. 

Most of us have daily to-do lists that grow and spill into the next day. The result can be a concern for agendas and tasks while neglecting the people in our lives for whom Jesus died. God is more concerned with people than with tasks. We should be, too.

Insight: Is your ministry schedule so full that you don't have time for individual people? Allow the Lord to interrupt your schedule with his priorities.

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