I love this film. I love this song – always bop along – can’t seem to help it!
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Okay: playtime over – back to work …
Study for today is: Matthew 22 – Jesus takes on all comers, wipes the floor with them and wows the crowds. Discuss …
* “Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words.”
* “When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.”
* “Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together.”
* “When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching.”
* “While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them …”
* “No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.”
Intellectually wonderful – Appeals to our “looking good” gene – Lends itself towards good bible knowledge – Should be able to convert a whole bunch of sinners doing this – Just need to work harder – Work to copy Jesus – Work to speak like – Work to be … Ma-an – I’m solid gone … “I want to walk like you, talk like you, too. You see it’s true, an ape like me, can learn to be human too.
We talk about the body of Christ, talk about the tree having many branches, paint lots of pictures of being part of something. And that is most certainly true. Yet I wonder …
How much of that is rooted in “an ape like me can learn to be Jesus too”? How much of that is wanting to be something we are not? That we really should be able to wipe the floor with sinners, the church, authority, religious fanatics, those who do not agree with what we believe, the entire town, world and universe – we should be able to convert everyone we meet, pass in the street, sit next to on a bus – we can do it – we should do it – we will be that person – we can be Jesus if we work hard enough.
Look Him in the eye …
Grasp His shoulders and pull Him in … surrender …
”But I love the way you make tea … how you listen … how you love … how you ask the wrong question … say the wrong thing … laugh in the wrong places … How that conversation you had with your friend Jenny on the way to work – you never knew a man called Richard Jones was ear-wigging – you never even saw him – nor did you know how it changed his life … All those things you never see, never think are important in you, never have others think are important in you. That is all the “important stuff” I see and love and crave – that you are perfect at – all that stuff you never think is good enough for me.
Please don’t try and be Me. Please don’t try and be anyone. Just be you. Be who you really are. Be free of copycat faith, copycat relationship, copycat discipling … copycat everything and anything. You are perfect. Always. Put down your beloved mirror of failure, sin and imperfection – the one you carry and check constantly. Because when you “try” – when you “work harder” – when you “work” to become something you are not – You tell Me that I got it all wrong. That you know better.
And every time you lose a little bit more of who you are. A little bit more of who you really should be. And you lose a little bit of us in the process (isn’t that just another strand of barbed wire you put between us … why do you love barbed wire so much … ?)
Now … I just love that song …
Play it again Sam!”
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