So, I have to redefine greatness, and I need to be sensitive to, what I call, holy interruptions. When I start forgetting that real fulfillment comes through connection and relationship, God always gives me that holy interruption. And I define them as God’s greater purpose disguised as an annoying interruption to my man-made plan. I had to put that word annoying in because I’m still annoyed when God does this. Many times it’s the very things that we think are most important that are the distractions, and those are what God uses to get our attention and redirect us back to what is important, relationships.
Jesus experienced this all the time. There was a time when parents brought their little kids to Christ, and it talks about it in Matthew 19:13. It says, “Little children were brought to Jesus for him to place His hands on them and pray for them, but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them.’” So, these parents brought their kids to Christ, and the disciples say, “No, Jesus is way too important for your kids. He’s got important things to do. He’s got to meet with important people.” And the disciples were trying to be important. “We are with Jesus, and He’s a big deal, and He doesn’t have time for you.” And Jesus said, “Guys, don’t you get it? It’s not a distraction. This is what it’s all about. Let the children come to me.” And He held them, and He blessed them. The disciples just didn’t seem to get it, but I think after Jesus washed their feet, that was the big wake-up call. It was like, “Whoa. And this is what we are supposed to do. This is the opposite of what I was thinking.”
To be great means serving one another, loving one another, sharing with one another, connecting with one another. It’s all about one another. It’s not about me, but everyone else. Some of you are hesitant to get into a small group because you are too busy. If you’re too busy to be in a small group, then you are just too busy, and you need to cut out some of the things in your life that you think are important because they are distractions. What’s important is connecting with your family and connecting to a spiritual family. You’ve got to have both of those. Jesus connected to that spiritual family of 12. He had a small group that He did life with, and it amazes me how they all came from different backgrounds. You had Simon the zealot and Matthew the tax collectors. Zealots were the people who were trying to overthrow the Roman government, and tax collectors were the corrupt people in the government. And so, somehow they came together, and they gave their lives for one another and served one another and loved one another. They had one thing in common. They followed Jesus. When you have that in common, to follow Jesus, it’s a spiritual bond that is powerful. You see, that’s what it’s all about. Community. Are you connected to spiritual family?