Not unimportant, Just secondary

Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.

When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Christ.

At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. But he said, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

I love the way Luke ends this event: “He kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.” He kept on—no matter how many directions He felt pulled. No matter how many needs remained in each town. No matter what others prioritized for Him—”He kept on.” Why? Because every other need humanity possessed was secondary to the need to hear and receive the gospel. Not unimportant, mind you. Just secondary. Physical healing affects only this life, but the Kingdom is forever.

I wonder how much Jesus longed for the time when His work would be finished and He could live within the hearts of everyone who receive Him, never to leave them? Until then, He had a job to do. Christ didn’t ignore either the urgent need or the ultimate goal—but He also never allowed the needs to hinder the goal.

The bottom line is that we need to pay attention to our life’s walk—not as unwise people but as wise—making the most of the time. If you look around, the days we live in are evil and filled with temptations, which not only entice us to sin but also to mistake activity for purpose. So let us pray that our Lord will help us not to be foolish but to understand what His will is each day of our lives (Ephesians 5:15-17).

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