Monday: 16th July, 2018
Reference text: Matthew 10:34-11:1
Matthew 11:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.
As I read the concluding part of today’s Gospel, a myriad of questions flooded my mind: Why is it often the most difficult thing to teach, instruct or rebuke those closest to us: our family and very close friends? And why do we sometimes seem to find it easier to direct these actions towards people who are distant to us? Is it because we are afraid of losing relationships or we are unsure about how our actions will present us to others?
Jesus made sure that his disciples were well instructed before stepping away to teach others. At times, we just become longsighted and do not see the people closest to us, as though we intentionally black out. We even forget to pray for, correct or instruct them. We expect them to be satisfied with our physical presence, but that is very different from what is expected of us: being there for them.
The root of all this is familiarity – we get too comfortable with people that we begin to take some of the little things in life for granted. Beloved, getting across to those closest to us with the Word can be a more challenging task than we perceive it to be: we have to get creative and be proactive in our dealings lest we end up reaching far and wide, but fail to capture the hearts of those closest to us.
Remember # don’t just be longsighted, make effort to see those closest to you and capture their hearts for God.