“He [Jesus] said, “Don’t load yourselves up with equipment. Keep it simple; you are the equipment. Luke 9:3
I must admit I am a gadget person–especially in the kitchen. Even if I use a utensil or special tool once a year, I want it when I need it. Currently, my favorite kitchen item is an automatic egg cooker–the best $30 I have spent. I can cook either seven hard-boiled eggs or four poached eggs and they are PERFECT every time. Last Christmas I bought one for my mother, and although she has a high success rate with the “boil one minute, cover, remove from heat, and cover for ten” method. She loves it and should film a commercial showing how wonderful this gadget performs, and then buy stock in the company.
Jesus didn’t need gadgets and stuff for his ministry. God gave him the only tool he needed–permission to be God on Earth. Jesus gave the gift of authority to his disciples to deal with demons and cure diseases. “Keep it simple,” he said.
This summer, while staying with my daughter, I have written my Daily Meditation Moment blog without the use of my computer and Word program. Instead, I have spent hours staring at a 9″ iPad screen and typing on a keyboard half the size of a regular one. Somedays I labor to post my daily blog without my equipment, but it works.
I’m fortunate to travel and continue my ministry by using an iPad. And, it fits into my rather large handbag, which holds nearly everything I can’t live without for three months.
Dear God, help us leave behind anything that gets in our way of serving you. Amen.