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Thought For Today: John 21:21

June 29, 2020

“’Lord, what about him?’”                                                                   

John 21:21

 

We no longer take a daily newspaper at home, but I do try to read the “Church Times” every week. It goes with the territory, I suppose. Part of that is scanning the “Jobs Vacant” pages. Every now and again I light on something where I think “I would love to get my teeth into that one.”

 

It’s all a futile exercise because at my stage of life, I am not looking for a new appointment and I doubt I would be offered one. But it’s interesting looking to see what’s out there, though that often leads to a melancholic daydream of what might have been if only I had been ordained earlier in life or been born several years later…

 

Breaking out of this speculative world and back into the reality of the present, two things occur. The first is that it’s God’s prerogative to appoint people to do his work and he will manage things so that all those jobs are filled somewhere from among the rich resources of the people he is equipping with the gifts of his Spirit. When Jesus faced his early disciples with the crisis of a shortage of labourers in the harvest, and even though they themselves would turn out to be the answer to their own prayer, what they were to ask was that “the Lord of the harvest would