Avoiding Settle-ment

Posted on March 7, 2012

Avoiding Settle-ment

Read Luke 4:42-44

When I think of the word settlement I often think of the act of buying a house and taking up permanent residence. The root word ‘settle’ can also mean ‘to discontinue moving and come to rest in one place’. There are several passages that jump out to me this week in our readings but one in particular touches my heart. In Luke chapter four we find Jesus in his ministry healing people and spreading the gospel. Despite his recent rejection in his own home town word of his ministry has spread. Jesus is in Judea at the house of Simon (Peter) and has been healing many people. We pick up the story in verse forty-two:

At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

Imagine if Jesus chose to just settle in to one place. How many people would have missed being touched by his work? As a church and as individuals we need to be ever mindful of those around us who have not heard about Jesus yet. Certainly we need to continue to teach, support and nurture our own people but if we become too inwardly focused that will just become an end unto itself. Rather, we should be equipping one another to go into the world and tell people about Jesus. When was the last time you spoke about Jesus to someone outside of church? When was the last time you invited someone to church? With the warm weather months coming invite friends over for a barbeque, throw a block party or do something special that allows you to spend time with people who haven’t found Jesus yet. It might be as simple as asking the waitress at you favorite restaurant if she has anything she would like you to pray for. Life is short and our relationships are often shorter. People come in and out of our lives so quickly. Let’s be intentional about reaching out. Keep moving, don’t settle.

As you pray this week please spend extra time praying for the team of people who are headed to Nicaragua. They have seen the importance of spreading God’s love and are willing to let go of their comfort and travel around the world to keep Jesus’ mission going.

-Pastor Robert Brody

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