Audio from Senior Pastor Vaughn Drawdy on Sunday morning March 3rd, 2019.
God’s calling on your life is always bigger than your lifetime.
While just about all of us can’t go back three generations in our own family trees, that is not the case with our spiritual family. Wouldn’t it be good, that when we get to heaven, we could see our family tree. Our spiritual family tree. Think about it… to see how the Gospel went out from Jerusalem, to Judea, to Samaria and through the world, over time to you…
God’s got something bigger for your life and is inviting you to join Him in his activity where He’s already working. Today we are going to study a scene in the life from a guy named Peter. He’s one of those insert foot open mouth kind of guys. He was always getting into trouble for speaking before thinking. If you’ve ever done that before then you’ll be able to relate to him. If you ever make bonehead mistakes, Peter is your guy.
Luke 8:40-42 NIV
40 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. 41 Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house 42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him.
So Jairus meets Jesus and His disciples at the docks. His description as the synagogue leader was a big deal. In that
culture think city council member or even mayor of that area. This could be a really big opportunity for this small start up movement led by Jesus. If a synagogue leader were to become a follower he might influence the whole city and even the surrounding region.
So I don’t know what Jesus is thinking but I bet the disciples are not blind to the opportunity at hand which meant they better get to Jairus’ house fast before they miss it. Check out what happens next.
Luke 8:42-48 NIV
42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. 45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked.When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” 47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
It’s almost comical how this scene starts. Massive crowds are surrounding Jesus pressing in to get closer to him yet he stops mid stride to ask, “Who touched me?” I picture Peter rolling his eyes here, “Ahh Jesus, there are people all around you. Everybody is touching you!”
What comes to mind as read this? Have you ever been somewhere so congested that people are all around you, bumping up against you?
What about this woman. What would others have thought of her? treated her?
You have no idea when God wants to use you.
Your greatest impact will probably come at a time you’re least expecting it. For the woman, she has been suffering with this disease for 12 years. She’d prayed for God to remove it from her multiple times a day for over a decade. If you walked in here and you’ve been carrying around a prayer request for what seems like forever, learn the lesson from this woman. Don’t give up. Run to Jesus. There is always hope and He can do more in a moment than we can do in a lifetime.
Luke 8:49-56 NIV
49 While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.” 50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” 51 When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. 52 Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.” 53 They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” 55 Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. 56 Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.
So they get to Jairus’ place and his daughter is already dead. I can picture some of the disciples slyly shaking their heads.
“If we didn’t have that stop along the way I bet we would have made it.” Jesus grabs a couple of the guys and the girl’s parents and goes up to see the dead girl.
He says to them, “she’s just sleeping.” Odd thing to say… I bet they thought He’s crazy. Their response - they laughed. Jesus ignores the apparent lack of faith, grabs the girls hand and raises her from the dead. (Think about this girl’s life, what a story for her to share. Think about the parents.) The Synagogue leader of the area just became a Jesus follower. How old was this girl? 12 years old. How long did the woman suffer from bleeding? 12 years. How cool is it to think that God had been waiting for this amazing day for 12 years.
When Jesus arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother.
What do you think about this? Significant or not? What's Jesus really doing here?
Why Peter? He had just questioned Jesus in public a minute and a half ago. Shouldn’t he by this point have learned to stop talking back to Jesus? Then Jesus brings him along to Jairus’ house and he laughs when Jesus remarks that the girl is sleeping.
Bring someone with you. As you go, live the mission you were made for, don’t go alone. Bring someone along for the ride. This may be the single greatest leadership lesson we learn from the life of Jesus. You could make a strong case that Jesus is the greatest leader of all time. He never wrote any books. He never held a public office. He never went outside one small area of the world. He was only on the public scene for a little over three years and then died at age 33. Yet here we are 2,000 years later and there are over 2 billion people following him from all corners of the earth in hundreds of different languages. The movement he started is growing faster now worldwide than ever before. That’s some pretty good leadership.
Bring someone with you.
You know how many times it says Jesus took his disciples and they went somewhere? Me neither. I started counting through the Gospels and lost track because just about every time he went somewhere he intentionally brought people with him. There are examples, moments when he got alone - few though. The evidence is abundantly clear that with incredible intentionality Jesus brought people with him.
Matthew 28:19-20 NIV
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
"Therefore go" is actually “As you go” in the Greek the literal translation.
Think about the different applications to this command. What does this mean in your life? is this hard or easy?
Jesus ends with promising that he will be with us always, to the very end of the age. If He’s truly in the driver’s seat of your life then it’s not so much you bringing him with you but instead he’s bringing you with him. What he did for the disciples 2000 years ago, Jesus still wants to do in our lives today. As He disciples us now He invites us to do the same with others.
Let me give you some practical examples:
>Parents, bring your kids with you. Share a way your family intentionally has involved your kids in the ministry to help disciple them.
>Parents, bring your kids’ friends with you too. Three words–Saturday night sleepovers. Obviously talk to their parents first before you bring them to church but your family may be the closest to Jesus that your kids’ friends ever get.
>Bring people into your home, connect with them, grow with them, do life with them, study the Word with them, pray with them. ("To busy" is an excuse. Business is the killer of ministry opportunities.)
Jesus said, as you go. As you do life, do it with others with Christ at the center.
>As you serve in a ministry, invite someone to serve with you.
Bring someone with you.
So what happens with Peter? I think he got it! Jesus can raise the dead. Even death is not an insurmountable barrier when it comes to Jesus. What if Jesus didn’t bring him? Then Peter wouldn’t have learned that lesson and this future scene probably wouldn’t have ever happened.
Acts 9:36-42 NIV
36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!” 39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them. 40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.
Peter heals Tabitha in an similar way that Jesus had healed Jairus’s daughter. Many people came to believe in Jesus all throughout Joppa simply because Jesus took Peter with him years earlier. God is a “connecting the dots” kind of God.
We have no idea what God wants to do through us and when He wants to do it.
God’s calling on your life is bigger than your lifetime. There is only one thing that will last. The stuff you are stressing about now won’t. It probably will be no big deal in a couple years and your own great grandkids that wouldn’t even exist if it were not for you, won’t even know your name. BUT—if you bring someone with you, that will be celebrated for all eternity.
What is God calling you to? Who can you bring with? Who in your life does not know God, but as you seek to grow in faith, who will you invite to go with you? (They may laugh? Don’t worry, you’ll be in good company.)