Ahh, there’s nothing like a good *smack* of reality upside the head to wake you up in the morning!
So . . . I was talking to a friend of mine over coffee this morning. Venting actually. About a relationship my wife and I are struggling with. Someone we know, work with on occasion and see every so often at similar social circles.
You could call it . . . adversarial. It’s hard to find common ground with these people. They seem so . . . negative. So . . . combative & confrontational.
I mean, it’s not us, my wife and I are sweet as pie! (insert big, cheeky grin here) So, it’s got to be them. Why do they make it sssooooo hhaaaaarrdd??
Anyway, so I’m venting . . .
My friend listens calmly, nods politely (he’s that kinda guy . . . yup, same guy from the “Church” post), then says, “You know . . . Jesus, on the last night he was with his disciples–the night of the passover meal–washed all of their feet. Including Judas. Knowing full well he was going to be betrayed. By the man sitting right there in front of him, holding out his foot.”
“What do you think? You think their might have been a little desire to twist an ankle? Maybe just a little? Possibly scrub just a liiiitttlle harder than he needed to?”
“But, he served. Right to the end.”
He’s right, of course. I don’t necessarily like it. It’s not easy. But he’s right. But then again, how much of what Jesus teaches us IS easy? Or do we necessarily like?
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways,take up your cross, and follow me. ~ Matthew 16:24
The man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” When Jesus heard his answer, he said, “There is still one thing you haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” But when the man heard this he became very sad, for he was very rich. ~ Luke 18:21-23
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.” ~ Matthew 5:38-40
Do you have a “Judas” in your midst? Anybody you have an adversarial relationship with? Anyone you know is likely to betray you, or have their own interests at heart rather than the good of others?
Could you wash their feet? Could you serve?
Me neither . . . and I only know of one (or One) who could. And they killed him anyway! But still, he did it. Willingly. Knowing full well who he was dying for . . . the one’s who betrayed him, the one’s who turned away, the one’s who ran.
In other words . . . us.