Friday, October 25th, 2013
Priorities (Part 5)
New Friends Or Annoying Fans
Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.
Matthew 19:14 (NKJV)
But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, 'Hosanna to the Son of David!' they were indignant and said to Him, 'Do You hear what these are saying?'
And Jesus said to them, 'Yes. Have you never read, 'Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise'?'
Matthew 21:15-16 (NKJV)
Jesus never ignored His fans. As He traveled from city to city, 'His fame spread throughout all the region' (Mark 1:28). No matter how busy, no matter how tired, He always stopped to hear, heal, help or hug.
Consider these new friends of Jesus: Little children and eager parents seeking His blessing.
His disciples tried to pre-screen His audience--and prevent those from coming into their Master's presence who might be annoying or unworthy of His precious time. 'Little children were brought to Him that He might put His Hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them' (Matthew 19:13).
Other attempts to hold back His fans or denounce them include: the Canaanite woman with the demon-possessed daughter, Jairus whose daughter had died, or Mary's flagrant and fragrant act of devotion in breaking the alabaster jar.*
Jesus sums up His action plan concerning the meeting of new fans: 'All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out' (John 6:37).
So if Jesus turns no one away as annoying, inappropriate or too much trouble, who are we to do so? Actors, models and talent for Christ, learn this lesson well: Your fans are your fruit! Cherish each one.
Sometimes a priority is simply the right attitude.
To Be Continued...
* The Canaanite woman with the demon-possessed daughter: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2015:21-28&version=NKJV
Jairus whose daughter had died: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+5%3A21-43&version=NIV
The anointing of Jesus' Feet by Mary: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2026:6-13&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Priorities series.