Time with Jesus and Rueben Job


Mike Glenn speaks about his relationship with retired Methodist bishop Rueben Job and what he learned from their time together.

I've known Rueben Job for years. Or rather, I have known of Rueben Job for years.

Rueben is a retired Methodist bishop and the editor/writer for the Upper Room. He was largely responsible for their Guide to Prayers series. If you don’t have these, I recommend you buy all of them. Here are some of my favorites:

A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants
A Guide to Prayer For All God’s People
A Guide To Prayer For All Who Seek God
When You Pray

As I started reading and studying about prayer several years ago, Rueben Job was one of the first writers I discovered.

I started meeting with Rueben a few years ago and just recently, I was delighted to discover Rueben and his wife had moved to a retirement village near my church. I’ve already had him over for lunch and visited him in their apartment.

I really enjoy my time with Rueben. Okay, maybe “enjoy” is the wrong word. Perhaps the word “appreciate” is more appropriate. I appreciate being with Rueben the way you might appreciate a masterpiece of art or beautifully played music. There is a richness, a perspective, a depth in the experience of being with Rueben that you just don’t find every day.

There is a stillness to Reuben’s life, a confidence that comes from long hours of prayer and undisturbed time in the presence of Christ. Scientists tell us the Grand Canyon was shaped by millions of years of erosion by wind and water. I imagine Rueben’s interior life is like that. The Spirit’s winds and rivers have been allowed to carve and shape Rueben’s mind, heart and soul.

When I’m with Reuben, there’s a peace, a silence that allows me to relax. He is always attentive and never seems to be in a rush. We will talk, and when our time is over, he will pray for me. There will be a deep silence that overruns the room.

There isn't a medicine anywhere that can make you feel like that.

I want to be able to do that. I want people to feel around me the same way I feel around Rueben. I've told him that. Rueben will smile and say, “You can.”

How? “By spending a lot of time with Jesus.”

We confuse doing stuff for Jesus with being with Jesus. They are not the same.  The point of being a disciple is to become more like Christ. As we are more like Christ, we bring Christ-like moments to those around us. Because the presence of Christ flows in us, it flows to those who come in contact with us.

In Christ, through Christ, our presence brings peace. Hmm. Seems like I remember something about peacemakers being blessed.

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