40 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. 41 Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house 42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.
As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.
45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked.
When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”
46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”
47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 48
Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
In yesterday’s reflection, I shared that in our readings this week we would again be focusing on an essential practice for cultivating and nurturing the joy we experience in Christ. We looked at how Paul describes and celebrates the mindset and character of Christ in Philippians chapter 2 and I invited you to note the key words or phrases you found important. What I intentionally did not share was the practice that would be our focus for the week ahead.
This week I want us to focus on the practice of generosity.
In saying that, I know that many will immediately go the application of our personal finances. And while that is important, I want to begin looking at this in the context of another area of our life, which is the way we spend our time.
In our passage today, Jesus is on his way to the house of Jairus. There is an emergency that needs to be addressed and Jesus is moving through a dense crowd in order to respond to this need. But then something happens, and Jesus does what seems unthinkable in the midst of an emergency. His attention is diverted to another need and he takes the time to address it before continuing on to see to the daughter of Jairus.
Connect our reading yesterday with what we are reading today and consider this thought with me.
Jesus was the most generous person who ever lived.
We see this in the ultimate sacrifice he offers on the cross, but examples of that abound throughout the Gospels. What we find here in Luke chapter 8 is just one of many examples of that.
Today I want to challenge you to think about how generous you are with one of your most precious resources… your time.
How willing are you to do as Jesus did here and respond to what might be a “divine interruption?”
In what way could you approach this new day differently to live in an increasingly generous way in the area of your time?
Who are two - three people in your life who did this really well?
What could you learn from their good example?
Loving God, slow me down today. Open my eyes a little wider. Heighten my awareness of what others might share with me, and the opportunities that this new day will bring to serve and bless my neighbor. Move me beyond the tyranny of self-centeredness. Help me to be about spending my time generously this day for the sake of others. AMEN.
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