Making a Choice

As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.

Luke 9:51

My son likes to collect things.

As the weather turns warmer, these long sunlit evenings provide more opportunities to take walks with Grayson. It’s become routine because he loves being outside. As we walk, I see those things long considered trivial by years of exposure to my adult eyes are glorious wonders to his, the honeysuckle blooms at the corner, the roly-polys crawling across the sidewalk and the variety of leaves, sticks, rocks that litter the ground around us. That’s the magic of children. They help you experience the world all over again.

Whenever we go for our walks, he always comes back with something. We had a small pile of twigs on our front step for a week. He has a metal tin full of rocks. It’s mostly rocks that come home. It doesn’t matter the size, shape, consistency, or weight, it’s automatically interesting to him. He’s content to just chauffeur those rocks around in his hands. In a more recent walk, though he reached a point of frustration when his hands had no room for any more rocks. He struggled to cluster more together in his arms, only to find them continuously dropping from underneath as new ones piled on top.

In that moment, I reflected on the predicament Grayson found himself in and it caused me to wonder, where are those moments where we are faced with our own dilemmas that must be left behind in order to progress further?

Jesus was a person of deliberate choices.

Throughout the gospels, we find Jesus doing so much important work. He would teach, preach, heal, instruct, and through it all he gave us the example to follow, to be people of deliberate choices. We must consider those things we do, striving to understand their purpose and function, but then we eventually arrive at that critical moment where we decide if it’s time to embrace something that helps us progress further.

Jesus’ own intentionality paved the way for all the great things we can lose sight of at times, the grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love of God. In order to rekindle the fascination and wonderment that should accompany those attributes, sometimes it means allowing ourselves to see them fresh and new. We become like a child carrying too many rocks, unable to see new things because we’re too preoccupied with holding on those we’ve carried for so long.

Luke tells us in chapter 9 that the time for Jesus to ascend was approaching, so he set out for Jerusalem. Jesus had purpose and focus. He accomplished so much along the way, but nothing would deter him from his true goal. In that, we should strive to duplicate his resolute focus. As we worship and minister as Knightdale Baptist Church, having been given this fresh start and new outlook, how do all the activities, missions, programs, and projects filter into the larger scheme of our purpose and direction?

When we find ourselves overworked, overburdened, or “burned out,” maybe that’s our cue to examine the rocks we’ve been carrying and see if it’s time to set some aside in order to try something new.

That may mean making a deliberate choice.

— Trent Sessoms
Senior Pastor


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