Whenever I travel to Africa, I’m reminded about the benefits of stability for the sake of progress. At the same time, let’s be careful not to get so comfortable with stability & equilibrium such that we stop growing.
Jesus often upset the Apple cart / status quo. He literally overturned the money changers tables in the temple. He defied the religious leaders of His day. He loved with an extravagance that was unnerving to many observers.
Here are some ideas to consider that you could consider personally with Apple cart upsetting:
Pursue Spiritual Gifts to be integrated into your daily living.
Love when its inconvenient.
Consider being generous with words / finances that isn’t within your normal scheme.
Jesus had dinner with the not so upstanding crowd & not everyone was thinking that was such a good thing. Indeed, Jesus was not just a little out of the box. This morning I read in Matthew 9:10-11 that Jesus dined with shady characters & the righteous crowd was pretty ticked off about his choices for social interactions.
Yesterday, I had the privilege of meeting some very amazing women & their children in the largest brothel in Bangledesh. While some people may think that I should spend my time in better neighborhoods, when I follow & love Jesus well, I often find myself in these kinds of neighborhoods & loving people for who they are, regardless of what they do for a living.
It’s not so bad to be out of the box 🙂
These were my famous last words right before halftime during the recent Super Bowl. I’m a Denver Broncos fan and we were thoroughly and repeatedly thrashed during this game. Six days later, I’m still looking for some kind of silver lining from this game, but I’ve yet to find any redeeming value, other than being humbled (possibly humiliated depending on your point of view).
I’ve also been reading about Jesus’ arrest, scourging, crucifixion and death over the last few days. Maybe His disciples said the same thing, “it can’t get any worse”, when Jesus was betrayed by Judas in Gethsemane. Perhaps they thought the worst was over when Jesus was brought before Pilate. And when Jesus died on the cross, maybe they gave up all hope and felt entirely abandoned, betrayed, demoralized and forsaken. If you’re in a very bleak situation, remember that Jesus defied all natural convetions and rose from the dead. With God, nothing is impossible, including the Broncos ,)