Abide with Jesus
Do you remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? It was the story of a real
fast rabbit who told everybody that nobody could outrun him and a tortoise that
accepted the challenge. So the gun goes off, the race starts, the rabbit outruns the
tortoise and is so far away that he actually loses sight of the turtle. So he lies down
and goes to sleep, thinking “I’ve got plenty of time to beat the turtle.” The turtle
keeps putting one foot in front of the other and quietly passes the sleeping rabbit,
who is awakened by the cheers of the stunned crowd when the tortoise wins the
race. At the end of the story is this poem:
Do not brag about your lightening pace
For slow and steady wins the race.
(Chuckle) Right! Slow and steady? Not on this planet. Everything in our lives
now is about speed. How fast can you microwave the dinner? We have to speedread
now, because we don’t have the time to luxuriate over the creativity of a
writer. We have to get the information and get going. We speed date. If a
relationship can’t happen in thirty minutes it’s probably not going to happen. We
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need to move on. Everything is about speed. We buy cars because they go from 0
to 60 miles per hour in seconds. We buy computers that deal in gigabytes per
second. We eat our food so fast that sometimes we don’t even taste it. But there is
a backlash against this faster and faster lifestyle. People are beginning to see that
this constant pressure of speed actually robs us of something in our lives. We are
reading articles now from thinkers who talk about taking a Sabbath, of learning
how to linger in the moment, of paying attention to the present, of being in the
now. Jesus taught His disciples that very principle. It’s in the fifteenth chapter of
John, where He talks to them about learning how to abide. I’m reading the New
American Standard this morning: John 15: 1- 8.
Sermon text with italics and bold and John 3:16 and v. 20.
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