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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


On Your Mark by Dr. George O. Wood

 

Anonymous for Jesus

Dec. 29, 2013

So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’” (Mark 14:13,14, NIV)

Have you ever tried to find a hotel during a busy holiday season in a major city without having made reservations? Then you know the potential dilemma faced by Jesus. With Jerusalem packed with pilgrims, where could He find a room large enough for His company to celebrate the Passover?

It’s obvious Jesus had made reservations, because a man carrying a water jar and the owner of a house were waiting.

While Jesus knew where He would celebrate the Passover, His disciples didn’t. So He waited for them to ask Him. It’s a great lesson in leadership. Too often we are eager to tell others what to do rather than wait for them to come to a point where they want to know and need to know.

It’s also evident Jesus is being secretive about the location for what we now call the Last Supper. The reason for that is obvious from the Gospels. He has a last “download” of teaching to give the disciples centered on the person and work of the Holy Spirit, heaven, and the institution of what we know now as Communion (John 13 to 17). Jesus does not want that last time of privacy with the disciples to be interrupted by Judas’ betraying Him. Thus, He sends only Peter and John (Luke 22:8).

A common myth in leadership is that everyone should be treated equally. Jesus did not lead that way. He narrowed His disciples to 70. Within the 70, He had the Twelve; and within the Twelve, He had three who were closest to Him — Peter, James and John. Thus, on the day when the Passover Lamb was sacrificed — the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread — the two most trusted disciples, Peter and John, were sent to make the arrangements.

But even they were not told the location. They were given the mysterious instruction that a man carrying a water jar would meet them within Jerusalem. That man then took them to the unnamed house owner.

We are never given the names of these two anonymous men, but they prove vital to Jesus’ mission.

This raises a question: “Am I willing to be an unknown servant of Jesus? If all He asks me to do is carry a water jar or prepare a room, am I willing to do that?”

Perhaps you feel what you are doing is not important. Maybe the water jar man or the owner of the house felt that way. But if you remove them from the picture, the two disciples cannot locate the room for the Passover; and if the room is not located, then Jesus doesn’t have a place to have the Last Supper. And if He doesn’t have that place, John 13 through 17 is missing from our Bibles.

Every one of us is a link in the chain of activity that advances the Lord’s mission. You may be a very small link. You may feel what you do is not all that consequential. Leave that with the Lord. What you do is important to Him!

A prayer of response

Lord Jesus, may I always be willing to do the smallest things, even if I am not recognized. May I be satisfied with a menial task, so long as it is for You.



DR. GEORGE O. WOOD is general superintendent of the Assemblies of God.

 

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