They say (whoever they are) that 70 percent of our learning comes by “doing (on the job training),” 20 percent by “interaction (coaching, one on one or in small discipleship groups)” and 10 percent comes by “listening (sermon?).” When I read that earlier this week, it made me pause for some reflective learning. It made me think about what I do on a regular basis.
I wonder if we make things a lot harder than they have to be. Sometimes we like to major in the minors. We don’t like things to be different, we don’t like the furniture to be moved. We like to argue or just be against things, maybe we over think things? What if we just trusted?
Those that grew up in the church grew up singing, “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” Did you notice the song didn’t mention disagreeing or asking questions?
I was reading my Bible Tuesday morning, and I read Matthew 15. This is where Jesus feeds the 4,000. It says, “I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with Me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry lest they faint on the way. And some of them have come far from home.”
Some folks made a big deal out of this, asking, “Jesus, how can you feed all of these people out in the middle of nowhere (think about being between Amarillo and Hereford)?”
Jesus simply gathered the groceries they had (seven loaves of light bread and two Slim Jims), asked the people to sit down and He prayed. After everyone’s belly was full, they rounded up the leftovers.
I love how Jesus keeps it real, I love how Jesus keeps it simple. Jesus doesn’t sweat the small stuff (or the big stuff). Jesus cares, He saw the simple, daily needs of everyday people just like us and He provided for those needs. Last time I checked the church (Who is the church? It’s me and it’s you, we are to be maybe more organism than organization) is to be an extension of Christ, His hands and His feet. Keep it simple, be prayerful, be compassionate, be responsive, be intentional, be Jesus. He told me to tell you that.
Ken Ansell currently serves as a pastor and local missionary in small, rural Texas community. He plays lots of tennis and fly fishes when he can. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.