2016-04-27
Positively positive
Luke 5:17 NKJV
In Luke 5, we see the story of a paralysed man being healed. In the middle of it, there's a bunch of cynics. While Jesus is in the process of healing a man, they can be found grumbling away, wondering how that fits with their theology. Obviously we wouldn't be anything like that... would we? Ever been in a church service where your first discussion afterwards was about one of the songs you didn't like, or whether the preacher was any good? Ouch, we know. But it's an important thing for us all to face up to, sometimes. We can all give in to those bits of our brains that work a whole lot like the Pharisees', who probably walked away discussing theology, while completely forgetting that they'd just seen a paralysed man walk. It's so easy to focus on whatever we find wrong about any given situation. It can even start with a good heart, of wanting to make stuff better, and better, and better. But we have to keep an eye on our approach. As Christians, we've got a Lord who trampled over cynicism to change lives. Let's make the choice not to let cynicism (or, gulp, sometimes outright judgement) take hold, in a way that stops us living as positive light to this world.
1 Sam 13-14; John 11:1-29
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