Are We Too Busy Theorizing?

March 15, 2022

“We must do the works of him who sent me while it is day. Night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

John 9:6-7

Written by Carol Vicary from the Brentwood Campus

To Serve Well

Have you ever served on a committee or a board? This select group of people can make things happen in a church, business, or an organization. But it can also get mired down in meaningless discussions and self-serving opinions. And nothing gets done.

So, are we too busy theorizing?

The Disciples Jesus Can Use

While Jesus’ chosen disciples would not be considered a committee, they were part of the advancement of His kingdom here on earth. They were imperfect people, just like us. The gospel writers gave us a look into some of the self-serving conversations among the disciples.

There was talk of who was the greatest, confusion over what Jesus came to do, and criticism when things didn’t go their way. Yet, Jesus used them to further His mission on earth.

Back to The Father

In John 9:4, He told them, “We must do the works of Him who sent me…” Notice the word “we.” The disciples didn’t just come along as passive observers; Jesus gave them a job to do. In this conversation, he also didn’t let them get stuck in their questioning. He answered them but then brought them back around to why they were there.

Jesus always led the conversation back to the Father.

The Call to Follow

In Luke 5:10, when Jesus first called Simon to follow Him, He told Simon that His job would change from fishing for fish to fishing for people. We don’t hear about Simon asking a lot of questions or working on a long-range plan. He simply took a step toward what Jesus had for him. That first step led to work like passing out bread to thousands of hungry people, healing the sick, and caring for the hurting. Some would welcome the disciples, and some would not.

It turns out that fishing for people was sometimes hard and messy—even more than fishing for fish. Jesus is the light of the world. He gives us the joy of sharing that light with the messy, painful, confused world around us. So, ask yourself once again: are we too busy theorizing? Or are we busy with the work of the kingdom? It’s time to start fishing.

Now What?

Ask Jesus to help you take the next step. Are you stuck in questions about faith? Find a trusted Christian friend who will listen and help you process your questions. If you are already a follower of Christ, continue to seek out what it looks like for you to remain obedient to His call to make disciples.

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