If you don't believe in Jesus, then you might want to skip reading this. All my life I've heard about the disciples of Jesus and about how their lives were dramatically turned upside down by answering the call to become like him.
Then during the past two plus months, we've had sermons on what it looks like in everyday 2015 life to be a disciple of Jesus. I'm still processing what was said and trying to match that up with what needs to be changed in my everyday life.
The last sermon is the series was yesterday and I was causing along with the content until Pastor Jeff Manion posed the scenario where I would meet Jesus at a local coffee shop. He further framed the story with the proposition that while you're entering the coffeeshop, you see Jesus sitting down at the table with somebody who had deeply wounded you. And before you went to his table, you saw them laughing and enjoying each other's company.
Our pastor then took the story from Luke 5:30 where Jesus had just invited Matthew, the tax collector, to be his disciple who then threw a party with the local scumbag political set. The Pharisees criticized Jesus for feating with such people. Jesus responded about how it was the sick who needed a doctor and not the healthy.
Then my thoughts went back to me seeing Jesus in the coffeeshop yucking it up with the person who's number one on my "Do Not Like" list.
How do I feel about that? I'm still processing it. I know he's gives me the power and I just have to grab it.
I will be noodling this around during the week. Can anybody identify with this?