“You do it.” – Shaping Us Toward Sunday

(Shaping Us Toward Sunday, is designed to be a weekly feature here on the Snow Hill website.
The Spirit of God shapes us in a variety of ways not the least of which
is through the Scriptures as the people of God gather. Short notes on
one or more of the readings for the coming Sunday will offer an
occasion to meditate on how God may be shaping us together. It is hoped
this particular piece will prompt us to spend more time preparing for
they ways God speaks to us as a gathered faith community.)

I am hopeful I find the rhythm to post a regular "Shaping Us Toward Sunday" weekly. Here is a thought in anticipation of this coming week and the texts for Sunday.

Personal productivity represents one of the banes of many a managers’ existence. Interruptions, task-overload, and overwhelmed senses often get in the way. Many have found David Allen’s GTD (Getting Things Done) "art" quite helpful in breaking through the barriers to slashing through those long "to do" lists.

Key is the understanding "you must get something done." Now that would seem obvious but our high stress lives often keep us so overloaded our first hurdle is, "Where do I begin?" Once we get off to a good start the feeling of actually looking at a completed lists allows us to enjoy greater creativity and less stress. We still must answer the call to "do it." Nike’s mantra, "Just Do It" really does convey the same thing.

When it comes to a life lived after the order of Jesus, or the Jesus way, we cannot outsource "getting things done." We cannot expect others to do it for us. There really is the need to get up and get after it – even if we cannot do it by ourselves.

The Gospel text for Sunday contains a line from Jesus that borders on the "You do it." Rather than give into the limited imagination of the disciples as they address reality, Jesus tells them not to send them away but feed them – "You do it."

One of the consequences of living in a consumer culture is that even when it comes to getting things done in the Kingdom of God we often have the idea it is easier to hire someone else to get it done. Getting our own hands engaged and dirty does not fit our equation. Yet, rather than hire someone to do what we are all in it together to do, Jesus tells the disciples, "You do it."

We certainly understand our own limitations. And, that may well be part of the lesson. But one thing is sure, trusting God and moving out to get it done is more often met with reaching the goal than sitting on the sidelines telling someone else to do it. Stories abound in churches where it is complained something is not getting done. The proper response is to get up and do it. For, as my mentor often said, those who complain about it seldom have done anything to help the matter.

Jesus calls us to take up our cross and follow him – to do it. Here in the text he illustrates how this works when the task seems to great. Get out there with what you have and see if God won’t with you, "get it done." And yes, we may say "through you." But since we like to talk about continuing the mission of God, joining Him in his work, it is not bad to say something like, "God will get it done with you." Too often we have simply let people out by saying, "God will get it done with or without you." Here he tells the disciples, "You do it."

So …

Jesus invites people into his life and his way. He takes what is and points to the new way of the Kingdom of God.  Come see what this journey is all about!

One way to think about the mission of Jesus - He calls into question the way things are and points to the way things may be in the Kingdom of God. 

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