Thanks to my guest bloggers who covered for me while I was in Europe. My time overseas was wonderful. I attended our annual conference for our overseas missionary staff and enjoyed visiting with numerous women from various countries. Afterwards we visited one of our couples in Holland.
While there, I spoke at an international congregation’s women’s event. The organizers had hoped that 50 women would come; 130 showed up! At least one woman placed her faith in Christ that night. It was an amazing time, but it’s always nice to come home. I’m back in my office, at least for a few hours! I’m heading to Mt. Hermon, California, to attend a writers conference for a few days. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with the blog. Here’s today’s thought.
The popular acronym, WWJD, spread across the nation several years ago. “What would Jesus do?” asked teens and adults alike. The question was a good one; it helped keep Christ’s followers on task when they faced moral decisions.
Here’s a similar question, posed by the acronym WDJD – What did Jesus do? It, too, helps keep us headin’ the right direction in our everyday lives because it encourages us to look at His attitudes and behaviors as revealed in the Scriptures. One story, in particular, fascinates and challenges me.
Luke 15:1,2 says, “Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them!”
WDJD? Use your sanctified imagination for a moment. Picture Jesus sitting at a kitchen table with a half dozen men and women of questionable character. They sip soda and nibble fries as they talk about stuff that really matters: how to forgive enemies, how to say no to temptation, how to love God more than money and temporary pleasures. The group fires questions at Jesus, and He answers using words they understand. He smiles when their eyes light up, and He lingers with them into the evening hours despite the gossip happening behind His back: “Scandalous, this is! What in the world is He doing? Why is He hanging out with such scum? What kind of example is He setting, anyway?”
WDJD? He intentionally spent time with those whose lives resembled anything but holiness, and He spoke spiritual truths using vocabulary that made sense to them.
Jesus’ example challenges me to leave the comfort of my Christian circles and intentionally spend time with those who don’t know Him. What am I going to do about it? Two things:
- When I look around our townhouse complex, I realize that I know only a couple of my neighbours. What’s with that? I’m so busy doing ministry elsewhere that I haven’t made time to share God’s love with those who live nearby. I plan to change that by inviting them for coffee, one or two households at a time.
- I plan to begin establishing relationships with women in the corporate world. God placed that group on my heart more than a year ago, and I’ve been taking deliberate steps to respond. I’m planning a weekend retreat designed for business women who desperately need renewal, and I’m thinking of ways to shower love on them. Some people might think I’m crazy—that’s okay, I wonder the same thing as I look at the logistics. But I believe God wants to draw them to Himself, and He’s asking me to get involved. I’d appreciate your prayers.
How about you? Jesus intentionally spent time with unbelievers. What does His example say to you?