“Most times when we take a break from who we think we are, God shows us who we were created to be.” tchadwick
“Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter…,” Mark 6 says. An undeniable understatement at the time, right? But those in Jesus’ own hometown didn’t know that the strength of His hands as a carpenter would become the same hands that healed, redeemed, and rescued those who were lost, unloved, and lifeless. That faith in Christ would turn the lost into found, the unloved into those who proclaimed, and the lifeless into laborers.
But how creative would Jesus Christ have to be for those who only saw the hands of a carpenter and not He who saves? (1 Chronicles 16:23) What if Jesus being both God and man and fully aware of his mission (beginning, middle, and sacrificial end) thought for a split second, ‘What if I were a _____________?’ ‘Would they believe in me then?’
In all of His sincerity, His wisdom, His miracles, His healing, to some He would only be seen, but not recognized.
But Jesus didn’t see a need to sing and dance His message to doubters or to water-down God’s word for the suspicious. Believe, follow, and be set free. And it wasn’t an easy task. “Pick up your cross” was a declaration of persecution not of smooth sailing (Luke 14:27). It was more of a guarantee that ‘your cross’ (persecution) would knock on your door almost daily.
Again I wonder, how much more creative could Jesus Christ have been? “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” (John 14:6) Simply put, what you see is definitely what you get.
So we Christians don’t have to pretend either. And although some would rather we Christians be similar than different, vague than truth-telling, politically correct than faith-based, a sinner ashamed than a sinner saved, a Christ follower than a Jesus freak, (self) confident than repentant, stick to God’s word, Jesus Christ did.
Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
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