John 14, 29-31
Something to read
And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.
I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me; but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father.
Rise, let us be on our way.
New Revised Standard Version
Something to think about
There is a time for dwelling with God, quietly reflecting on his promises, praying privately and just being in relationship.
There is also a time to get up from that safe place and carry its fruit out into the world.
At this point in John’s gospel, Jesus tells his disciples it is time to be on their way. We know he is soon to be killed. We know his disciples face a turbulent future.
What would have happened if they had just sat there? Without the actions taken by these people and their descendants, all the worship, the intimate times with Christ, the prayers, would have meant nothing. How do we know the prayers and the quiet were of genuine value? Because the resulting actions changed the world.
Your own intimacy with God is realised when you too go ‘on your way’ and change the world.
Something to do
What sort of person are you? The sort who is comfortable praying and meditating but fears taking action? Or the sort who loves to be busy doing ‘good’ and useful things but fears the quiet times when you never know if God will answer?
Or somewhere in between?
Most of us tend towards one imbalance or another. This week, think of one practical thing you can do to redress that. Perhaps this will be one positive action you can take; or perhaps one hour you can commit to simply being quiet with your heavenly father.
Something to pray
Thank you Father for being available to us on such an intimate level. And thank you for trusting us with the continuation of your work here in our world.
Help us to be unafraid of the times of quiet, which are necessary to our sense of self and purpose. And help us to be unafraid of the way those times equip us to go out and change the world.
Today’s contributor is Anna Potts, formerly Christian Aid’s Regional Co-ordinator for Wiltshire