Wednesday: 4th September, 2019
Reference text: Luke 4:38-44
Luke 4:42 At daybreak Jesus left the town and went off to a lonely place. The people started looking for him, and when they found him, they tried to keep him from leaving.
When any worker receives a good offer from a company intended on poaching them, their parent companies often makes a counter offer either to match or beat that which they have received. This based largely on the premise that they are valuable assets to the company and must not be lost to a competitor-keep the best for yourself.
In the Gospel of today, the people around Jesus tried to dissuade him from leaving their territory. For one thing, they had seen all the wonders worked at his hands and the healing many had received therefore, it seemed good to keep him around. Thus I wondered: ‘what conditions and reasons do we also have for keeping others around even when it may be time for them to move on?
In other words, under what conditions do attempt to dissuade? When it is for the good of others or when it is for our own good? Do we dissuade just so we still stand a good chance of preserving the value others offer to us? In our lives, there comes many moment when we will wish others to stick around because of the loss we imagine would be incurred when they leave. Simply put, we are each very selfish.
Every creature has a desire to seek for and have the very best of everything, and that often creates room for some selfishness. We would rather have it all to ourselves than share. It therefore takes a brave heart to look past ‘ME’ and towards ‘US’, because that is always the hardest step. Are you prepared to take it?