linking with Five Minute Friday at katemotaung.com – write for five minutes on a given prompt, which today is “surprise”
One of the (many) things I love about Jesus is the way he would surprise people. Whether it was turning water into wine at a wedding, healing someone who was sick or calming a storm just by speaking to it, life was certainly never dull.
But as well as the miracles, the way he treated people was often a surprise to those around him:
- Talking to the Samaritan woman by the well
- Refusing to condemn the woman who had been caught in adultery
- Honouring the woman who poured perfume on his feet, while others looked down their noses in disgust
- Asking to go for dinner with Zacchaeus
- Welcoming children and holding them up as an example to a society that disregarded them
- Eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners
Those are just a few examples that immediately come to mind, but it sets me thinking:
What if we could surprise people like Jesus did?
People often think of Christians as narrow-minded and judgemental, but what if we could surprise them?
- Surprise them by loving them and accepting them as they are.
- Surprise them by refusing to judge and condemn.
- Surprise them by genuinely caring.
- Surprise them with grace and forgiveness.
Maybe then they’d be open to hear about Jesus, and maybe he would surprise them too.