Monday: 4th March, 2019
Reference text: Mark 10:17-27
Mark 10:17 As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
While in primary school, ‘Power Rangers’, a kids programme that showcased a constant battle between good and evil was on TV at about 3pm, half an hour after my classes ended. Therefore on days when it was on, I would dash home from school as quickly as possible to be in time for the it. Now, when I look back on those days, I can’t help but laugh.
Nonetheless, the man described in the Gospel also came running to Jesus just as he was about to depart. It seemed as though he had contemplated what to Him ask and realised too late that he would miss his man if he delayed any further, hence the sprint. In their short discourse, we identify a man of great wealth who was an ardent observer of the commandments. So I wondered if at a point in time he had asked himself ‘is this really all I have to do or there is something more to be done?
In spite of the many pathways this discourse could lead, it was his ‘RUNNING’ that impressed on my heart. This verb in all its forms: ‘ran, run or running’ is used only about two dozen times in the Gospels. Today’s text along with two others: the scene of Peter and John’s dash to the tomb after they received news of the resurrection (John 20:4), and the father running to embrace his son in the parable of the ‘prodigal son’ (Luke 15:20) are the popular texts in which ‘run’ is used.
We will notice that whenever the verb was used, a major event had occurred or a confirmation was being sought. So I just thought of this: what do we run to and who do we run to? Are there any cues or prompts that direct our path or any fuels that support our run?
Sweetheart, we can indeed run! As a matter of choice, we can run anywhere and towards anyone. However, we need to have an idea of to whom and for what we run, else the energy we expend doing so would have been utilised without purpose and to no real effect.
Remember # Run with purpose.