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They’re Everywhere… No More “Tuck Head!”
Recently, a friend from New York introduced me to a new term: tuck head. Funny term, I know. He used it to describe the gimmick some people use when wanting to avoid human interaction on the street or some other common walkway. At just the right moment—with a tuck of the head and shifting of the eyes—unwanted encounters are avoided through pretending not see the other person approaching: tuck head.
Jesus understood tuck head. He wasn’t a fan. In fact, in a story He once told about a good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37), Jesus emphasized that only one of the three people who saw a man distressed and lying in a ditch stopped to help. The other two lowered their head, shifted their gaze, and kept on walking: tuck head.
Jesus viewed people here, there, and everywhere he moved. He saw people—not as strangers or distractions—but as God’s valuable, meant-to-be-engaged creation. All along the way, Jesus would see, stop, and spend time with spiritually hungry and hurting people. Opportunities everywhere!
One day, after seeing lost and aimless people nearly every direction he looked, Jesus’ heart broke with compassion (Matt 9:35-38). He instantly instructed His followers to pray for fully-engaged, action-oriented, boots-on-the-ground “laborers” to be “thrust into His harvest” (AMPC). He knew future, 24/7 Kingdom laborers would be needed—everywhere! He wasn’t after students who’d sit, read, and study His ideas. He desired laborers who would daily follow His example of love-in-action. Jesus was calling laborers to join His See, Stop, Spend-time-with movement.
Today, opportunities exist in every facet and sphere of our lives to actively love people in the same Good Samaritan manner Jesus did. In fact, many everyday followers of Jesus are doing just that—discovering the joy of living a 24/7 Kingdom laborer lifestyle by simply seeing a need, stopping, and spending time with people.
For Lisa, a nurse, it’s with patients in her hospital ward. For Scott, it’s God’s love daily demonstrated to his company employees and their families. Jim hires recovering addicts and points them to Jesus as he works alongside them. Dara is God’s love displayed up-close to three children she nannies. As a furniture mover, Ron is Jesus’ vibrant witness to the customers he serves. Jordan and Ember are loving house-parents to orphans in Uganda. Dreyson’s life and teeth shine so bright
in his military unit, they call him “Shiny Teeth.” Agnes loves, serves, and prays by name for her condominium neighbors. John is God’s laborer among his fellow ice hockey teammates. Heather started and leads a weekly food pantry—loving, praying and providing for needy families in her community.
These ordinary people don’t tuck head. They bring God’s love and truth up-close. It’s exactly what Jesus envisioned long ago when he asked us to pray for more Kingdom laborers.
The harvest is ripe. Multiplying Kingdom laborers are increasing. Are you in? Join the See, Stop, Spend-time-with movement and extend Jesus’ love, grace, and truth—everywhere!
CO-missioned together – with Jesus and YOU!
FORGE: Kingdom Building Ministries