I grew 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 almost any multiple-choice quiz given to me about the Christian faith.
I suppose that sounds arrogant.
Until recently I thought this pompous way. And then, as I read a Bible story in Luke 7:11-15, I questioned how much I really knew about the Jesus I claimed to love.
AS AN EXAMPLE
Another time a bunch of us 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. Out of respect, our bunch stood aside as their procession came near. But he didn’t.
BEING DIFFERENT FOR AN HONORABLE REASON
He took a step toward the middle of the road.
Their crowd stopped.
He fixed his eyes on a woman just behind the stretcher.
He walked and stood beside this woman, and spoke to her, “Don’t cry.”
He, then, 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 EMULATING
Both groups saw everything that happened.
The young man and his mother celebrated with joy!
HOW WILL I BEHAVE?
We are his disciples … his apprentices.
I traveled with him for three years and often wondered, “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