God Takes all Kinds

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Jesus shows us that God takes all kinds. There is no one kind of response to Him.

Jesus’s nighttime meeting with Nicodemus (John 3:1-21) and His midday encounter with the Samaritan woman (4:5-42) show two of the many different ways in which He dealt with people. Whether it was with a respected leader like Nicodemus or an immoral streetwise Samaritan woman. Jesus approached people on His own terms, as individuals with unique concerns. He modeled for us what it means to live, work and communicate the gospel message in a pluralistic society.

Nicodemus was an upper-class Jew, a Pharisee from one of the prominent families in Jerusalem.. He approached Jesus alone one night. The Lord confronted him with the need to be “born again”, then let him go and think it over. Nicodemus didn’t openly identify with Jesus until after the crucifixion when he helped prepare His body for burial.

The Samaritan woman, on the other hand lived a scandalous life style having five husbands and then being with a live-in male companion. As a result her community despised her. She was spoken to by Jesus in broad day light, in public, by herself and then in the company of others. Jesus told her of “living water” and the need to worship in spirit and truth. She responded much more quickly than Nicodemus. Her choice was backed by the community.

John went on to record many other ways that Jesus dealt with people. Some became believers after they were fed, others after they were healed, and others after they saw the resurrected Christ. Some responded to the Lord’s miracles others to His teaching. There was no one kind of response to Jesus.

A note from me…    

I connect with different people in my life in different ways. I talk on the phone for hours with my sisters.  I share jokes and laughter with my kids. My husband and I ride bikes together.  And so it is with God.  He connects with us in the way that speaks to us, it could be prayer, meditation, journaling, reading scripture, serving. God is bigger than our differences.  He says come to me if you are tired and overwhelmed. I will give you rest. He only asks us to come with an openness to receive and he will meet us where we are.

Serve with Compassion

Remember this- if you are going to be a servant, be sure you have compassion. People who come to you for help will rarely ask if it is convenient.

An important spiritual lesson learned from this chapter: if the Son of God came as a servant, then being a servant is the highest calling. It would seem we are never more like Jesus than when we are serving others. When we are serving those in need are we not doing the will of God? Remember this- if you are going to be a servant, be sure you have compassion. People who come to you for help will rarely ask if it is convenient. But, isn’t it a great privilege to follow the example of Jesus and meet the needs of others? Isn’t that the mark of a Christian life? Not everything for us but meeting others needs.

Read Mark Chapter 1  to go alone with this writting.

A note from me:

This is a rework of an earlier post on Mark 1 and 2.  I have broken it into a smaller bit and highlighted a thought that caught my attention.

I have an idea that my readers may be a little like me and and not have the longest attention span…..squirrel.

 

Remodeling in Process

This blog was started as a place to share all of Dad’s writings. I had never blogged before and had no idea where to start. I went to the most informed source on blogging that I could find….my kids.   As you can see from the very basic look of this blog, they gave me some very basic start up tips.

 

With the start of a new year I thought it was time to post a few more pages of Dad’s writings. I had not been on the blog for several months.   When I looked at it with fresh eyes it looked boring and uninteresting.

 

What to do, what to do?

 

Sign up for a blogging 101 class?

 

Yes, that is what I did.

 

The class starts today and this is our first assignment. Remodeling is in process.  I am hoping for an easier to read and more visually pleasing blog.

For a little more background on this blog, click on the welcome button.