Thursday, October 13, 2011

5 Ways to be Like Jesus

I've been reading Luke with the help of Mr. Matthew Henry (a complete beast at interpreting the Word of God), and here are some things that stood out to me.

1. Get Casual & Lose Your Bubble...
Jesus spent a lot of His early life being surrounded and almost trampled on by crowds of common people. The first time He sent his disciples out to do the work we are all supposed to be doing as Christians, He said "Take nothing for your journey, neither a staff, nor a bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not even have two tunics apiece." Luke 9:4. He didn't want His disciples traveling with anything that would weigh them down, or make them look fancy. A silk suit would not only have made the crowds intimidated by Jesus, it would have been restricted how much He could do and how close the people could get to Him. Imagine the woman with the blood problem grabbing onto Jesus if He had on a robe of pure gold - not likely.
2. Spend Yourself On People Who Can't Help You...
The idea that we circulate today is that we should make friends in high places. Make friends with important people who can in turn connect you to other important people, and that way you will have lots of influence. It's so much of an obsession to know the Who's Who's that we disregard those who we consider beneath us. Preferential treatment for the important/wealthy can be seen everywhere, even in the Church. This is to our disgrace and shame. Jesus, the Holy and Anointed Son of God, hung out with fishermen, was in the company of prostitutes, and visited with the most common people of the time. When His Mom and brothers came to see Him, He didn't abandon the crowds to hang out with them, instead He continued to talk to the people who needed Him the most (scripture). He even agreed to dine with Simon the Pharisee, knowing fully well that the dude was not a fan of His, and was a very gracious guest. Our associations should be based more on who we can help, than on who can help us. That's what Jesus says here.

3. Take Things from People...
We have taken "It's better to give than to receive" and made it into quite the mantra. From the little I've seen, it's kinda dangerous to take one principle of the Bible and apply it more strictly than it was intended by the Author. Yes it is better to give, but it is not bad to receive. When we refuse the gits and service of others, we are taking away an opportunity for them to be blessed. Jesus, who clearly owns everything (see Psalm 50 lol), had a bunch of women He had healed following Him and His disciples to help support them here. He also told His disciples that when they were sent out they should stay in people's homes and eat what they were given. When you are going to do good for people, it takes special humility to let them serve you too. 

4. Shine Your Light Or Lose It...
Imagine if Jesus had come to earth, and then for fear of failure, or fear that people would think He was being prideful, He decided not to do anything until it was time to die. That's how a lot of us think. I know I do. "Well, I know that God has a plan for me, and when the time comes I'll do something for Him, but for now I'll just keep a low profile and observe what happens." Or worse still "I won't cheapen my gift by using it often, I'll keep it until the right time comes for me to showcase it, then everyone will be amazed". Jesus was a very nice person, he was always responding in love to people. In Luke however, this is how He responded to this attitude: Luke 8:18. Seem harsh? Well the hidden things of God's Kingdom are revealed to Christ's followers so that they can be revealed to the rest of the world through us. If we then insist on hiding them, then naturally, our wickedness will tick God off. In Matthew 25, He shows this. We should share what we've been freely given without fear or boasting.

5. Touch People...
Leprosy is not cool. And it's not a pretty sight either. However, when a leper approached Jesus for healing, this is what happened : Luke 5:12-13. Now, Jesus healed a lot of people by saying a word, or even while He was far away from them like the Centurion's servant. But he touched this man. He reached out and touched him to show love and compassion, instead of disgust at his condition. Jesus would touch an untouchable because He cares enough. Again the personal bubble really gets thrown out of the window when life is more about letting the hand on God mend people's lives through ours than anything else. May God help us not to distance ourselves from people who the rest of the world shuns.

1 comment:

  1. Good Job ma'am...brilliant analysis! I feel if more Christians do such analysis on their own then the world's Christians will have a better understanding of what it means to be "Christian." I mean, relying solely on the preachers at Christian gatherings just isn't enough! Big ups madam...God is your muscle!

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