One of my favorite books to read is Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I try to read it it every year because each time I read it I am challenged and pushed in my spiritual life. When I was reading through it a few weeks ago a specific section called “The Ministry of Helpfulness” spoke to me and challenged me. Bonhoeffer said, “We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interpreted by God. God will constantly be crossing our paths and canceling our plans by sending people with claims and petitions. We may pass them by, preoccupied with our more important tasks, as the priest passed by the man who had fallen among thieves, perhaps - reading the Bible. When we do that we pass by the visible sign of the Cross raised athwart our path to show us that, not our way, but God’s way must be done.” (p 99)
Bonhoeffer’s classic work on faith and community has many challenging sections and deep spiritual truths but this one seemed apropos for our modern society. My guess is there has always been a drive for more and push for success. But with modern advances in technology and communication, I know that personally, and I believe that I am not alone in this, it is easy for me to get pulled into the busyness and business of life so much so that I miss the opportunities that God has right before me to be busy for the Kingdom of God.
Let’s keep our eyes, hearts, and minds open this week for how God might interrupt our busyness with the work of the Kingdom.
In Christ, Will
Published on Thursday, September 26, 2019 @ 4:18 PM EDT