Text: Matthew 9:14-26
14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?
15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.
16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.
17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
18 While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.
19 And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.
20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.
23 And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,
24 He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.
25 But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.
26 And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.
KEY VERSE: “While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.” – (Matthew 9:18)
These days, employers of labour say only those who can multitask are fit for employment. Interview panelists would not entertain one-track professionals, even if they are geniuses in their field. They must effectively combine a lot of other functions while performing in their specialised area. Our generation of entrepreneurs argues that this brand of office work does not just increase productivity; it also saves money for diversification and more investment in the business.
Let them learn from Jesus Christ, Who multitasked on behalf of humanity for eternal consequences. As He calls the Pharisees to order on the weighty issues of not mixing up fasting in the old dispensation with the new way He brought, a synagogue ruler comes to Him and request that He come and heal His dying daughter. Our compassionate Healer obliges. On the way, a woman with issue of blood for twelve years touched the helm of His garment and was made whole.
The story does not end there. At the home of the synagogue ruler, they “laughed him to scorn” for saying, “the maid is not dead, but sleepeth.” But that did not deter Him from giving life to the lifeless maid.
We must learn from the spiritual multitasking principles of our Lord and apply them creatively in our evangelism work for the expansion of His kingdom. He would not shy from demands meant to bring forth the glory of God; nor would He procrastinate for the sake of self-convenience when there was work to do for the Father. He was always approachable. Our Lord had a balanced view about multitasking. Unlike the exploitative one of the world which benefits the greedy, His advances the kingdom of God, brings salvation, joy and hope to the lost.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Be business-minded in work for Jesus.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.