I’ve grown up going to church, Sunday school, and prayer meetings. I’m a missionary kid. I think I know a lot about God and am sure I could ace nearly any multiple choice quiz given to me on the Christian faith. I suppose that sounds arrogant. And it probably is. Until recently I’ve thought this way and then as I read a Bible story in Luke 7 I wondered how much I really comprehend about the Jesus I claim to love.
AS AN EXAMPLE
Another time we were walking toward the town of Nain. As we approached the main gate the crowd following him met another crowd coming through the main gate. This crowd moved slowly—deliberately—as they followed several men carrying a dead body on a stretcher. Most everyone in our crowd stood aside as the procession came near. People from our crowd motioned for him to step aside out of respect.
BEING DIFFERENT FOR AN HONORABLE REASON
He didn’t though. He didn’t seem to hear. Instead he took a step to the middle of the road. The assembly stopped. His eyes seemed fixed on a woman with her head bowed just behind the stretcher. He took a few more steps, stood beside this woman, and spoke to her, “Don’t cry.” Then he turned to the dead body. He touched the stretcher and said, “Young man, get up.” The young man sat up and began talking. He gave the man back to his mother.
THIS IS WORTH IMMULATING
Both crowds watched everything that happened. That young man and his mother celebrated their joy! And we did too because all were affected by his concern and compassion for this mom and her (alive) son.
HOW WILL I BEHAVE?
We are his disciples, his apprentices, his left behind representatives. I traveled with him for three years and I wonder, “Is anyone impressed with me like they were impressed with him that day?”
DARING TO ACT DIFFERENTLY
See what I mean? Is anyone impressed with me? My arrogance has been humbled. What would today look like if I acted like Jesus?
Phillips, Craig & Dean “I Want to be Just Like You” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z8bXcBRIU0)