In-Sight: Our Amazing Model

Jesus made friends with people who were unwilling to make friends with each other.  He loved people who had already named one another enemies.  A reading of the Gospels leaves us with a list of amazing individuals and groups whom Jesus included in his family (cf  Matthew 12:50), even when they were unwilling to do the same.

This meant that he was always in the wrong place, hanging out with the wrong people–so far as one or more groups were concerned.  But he did it anyway, because he said he had come to reveal what the Kingdom of God looks like.

And then we come along, claiming to be Christians: “Christ ones.”  So, why do we so often and so little look like him?

And then we pray, “thy kingdom come.”   So, why do we see the existence of so many “little kings” and “little kingdoms” that look more like fallen-world potentates and paradigms?

The only thing that enables us to call ourselves ‘Christian’ is grace.  The only thing that can transform pretense into profession is love (i.e. the two great commandments), things Our Amazing Model has already exemplified when he lived on the earth among us.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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