• Rusty Coram

2021_11_17 Insight Post- Rusty Coram

This week's reading- John 9-10

I have been listening to myself recently and, to be honest, I’m a bit disappointed. I was catching myself answering the common question of “Hey, how’s it going?” with a quick “Really busy!”. As I’ve thought about it, that reply is pretty lame. I mean, I think most people I cross paths with in the NOVA area could say they are “busy”. As I have pondered why this is my response, I’ve realized it may be born of laziness, or maybe being uncertain that the questioner really wants to know the answer.

Being busy isn’t good enough, we should all be good and busy, or better put - busy with doing good. In our reading this week we catch Jesus (who, by the way, was always busy!) saying something that should be a call to action for all of us, “We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work.” John 9:4 (NLT). Another translation puts it this way, “We must work the works of Him Who sent Me and be busy with His business while it is daylight; night is coming on, when no man can work.” John 9:4 (Amplified). Our lives are both important and short. When we recognize that God has work for us to do, we should let gratitude for all He has done, drive us to invest the best of our time, talent, treasure and influence in accomplishing the tasks assigned. A summary of the work all we need to keep in mind is found in Matthew 28:19-20, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (NLT)

When we accept Jesus as our Savior and Leader, we become His partners in the most important work in the world – helping people discover His love and purpose for them. Doing my part of this is good, and it needs to be what keeps me busy.

I still don’t have a great answer to “How’s it going?” – but I’m working on it!

Rusty Coram

Senior Pastor