None of us likes to be interrupted. We tell our children, “Not now. I’m talking. It’s not polite to interrupt.” Children, of course, are persistent, tapping the parent on the shoulder until they have Mom or Dad’s full attention. These interruptions try the parents’ patience.
When Jesus walked on this earth, he was the master of interruptions. He saw society shunning the poor and the ill. He interrupted with compassion and healing. He saw people burdened by an oppressive Roman government. He interrupted with hope. He saw religious leaders consumed with the letter of the law. He interrupted with grace. He saw His people burdened with sin and hungry for righteousness. He interrupted by dying on the cross.
Even though Jesus, the man, doesn’t walk this earth today, Jesus, our Savior, interrupts. He’s tapping on our shoulders, trying to get our attention. He hopes we’ll see the needs of the poor, the ill, and the oppressed. He wants to open our eyes to the pressing need for grace. Tap, tap, tap. Will we allow our lives to be interrupted? How and when will we respond to His insistent tapping on our shoulders?
Luke 14:13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.
How are you yielding to His gentle taps on your shoulder? How are you allowing Him to interrupt your life?