There are many who desire fame and fortune; to be world-renowned; to be a household name, and there is nothing wrong with that. My question is: Can You Handle It?
Recently, I have been stretched a little more than usual. With increased responsibilities at work, more exposure (work) for my business, family, friends, church, and another project I am working on, it seems there’s always something required of me. As I was reading Matthew 9 in my bible, it gave me a great illustration of how Jesus had to deal with multiple events, oftentimes one right after the other, but He never complained and He executed with so much Grace.
Let’s take a look…
And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven” (Matthew 9:1-2 ESV).
While he was saying these things to them, behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.” And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples. And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.” Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well (Matthew 9:18-22 ESV).
And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, “See that no one knows about it.” But they went away and spread his fame through all that district (Matthew 9:27-31 ESV).
As they were going away, behold, a demon-oppressed man who was mute was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds marveled, saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel” (Matthew 9:32-33 ESV).
And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction (Matthew 9:35 ESV).
Can You Handle It? Let’s see…
Answer the following questions truthfully.
- As soon as you get to work/home, people are waiting for you, requiring/demanding something from you. Can You Handle It?
- How many times do you get interrupted during the day? While you’re in the middle of doing one thing, someone else needs you to do something else. How often are you pulled in multiple directions? Can You Handle It (gracefully)?
- Can you do it in secret? When people point to you, will you point to Jesus? Can You Handle It (not being about you)?
- Your plans are sometimes delayed (or put on hold), so you can help someone else. Can You Handle It (without complaining)?
So, That Settles It. I know this post may seem like just a bunch of scriptures, but as you read it, you notice that many of these events took place one right after the other; as Jesus was in the process of doing one thing, people were coming to Him and asking Him to help with something else. Many of us would have caved under that much pressure. Here’s my advice: We need to build up our endurance; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, so that we can handle whatever we are tasked with while doing the work of the Kingdom. Scripture tells us in Luke 12:48, “to whom much is given much is required,” and as we can see from the preceding scriptures, Jesus had to be prepared to serve back-to-back-to-back. My question to you is: Can You Handle It (today)? If not, let’s not be so eager for the spotlight, that we omit the endurance training and risk missing the Promise of God.
For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised (Hebrews 10:36 ESV).