Don Merritt wrote a wonderful post yesterday – the summing up by Paul in his letter to the Romans: Romans a summation
In that post Don wrote these words:
“That difficult neighbor was the key in my mind yesterday, so I told the woman that since Jesus is within us through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and we are His Ambassador, the closest thing to meeting Jesus face to face that the neighbor is ever likely to experience in this life is meeting you: When he meets you, in effect, he is meeting Jesus.”
And it struck me.
How often I hear WWJD bandied about: what would Jesus do. How often we speak of being indwelt. How often we talk about Love. How often I can draw such finery from the Living Word and my God Soft Hands Jesus relationship …
And how frequently I am in a relationship where “my better half” offers quiet loving words, and I stop listening – maybe don’t even hear at all. And I barge around as I do best. Bringing all my wisdom and experience and training and learning to the fore. Meeting life “head on” – and others in the same way.
Not all the time obviously.
Just those times when I am in the presence of stupidity, intentional unhelpfulness, purposeful obstruction from another (or others). Then I meet them head on too often. Then I stop listening (or maybe don’t even hear at all).
In such circumstances (in an earlier life) I have seen my wife (out of the corner of my eye) cringe – and I even had time to mentally make a note (midstream and whilst firing on all cylinders) – that I have “what it takes” in these difficult situations – that I will not back down and be rolled over. Hmmmm …
And it struck me reading Don’s words …
When they meet me (meeting them head on and in full flow!) in effect they are meeting Jesus. And it struck me that if Jesus cringed, boy would He really be “cringing”. Because by then there is no “WWJD”. Because by then there is only look at “What I Am Doing!”
Thank you Don.
I wondered why GSHJ was so keen that I write Papercuts yesterday (all day I had this itchy need to write those words). This morning I think He wanted me to see that even though I am no longer as headstrong as in my “earlier life” – it becomes more subtle – BUT still the same. I think He wanted to make sure I realise that when I suffer my “paper cuts” … that is when I tell God Soft Hands Jesus to leave the building – even then – even before anything kicks off.
That is when I ask Him to leave the building.
And then no one ever meets Jesus at all.
Not even me.