Surprise Them Like Jesus

linking with Five Minute Friday at katemotaung.com – write for five minutes on a given prompt, which today is “surprise”

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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.

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20 thoughts on “Surprise Them Like Jesus

  1. I have always thought that God has a great sense of humor. Several times I have made “I will never (fill in the blank)” statements, and God led me to do that very thing that I thought was impossible a few years later. Thank you for reminding me that every day I have the opportunity to surprise others by sharing the love of Jesus with others. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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  2. Coming over as your neighbor on FMF! Thanks for this reminder of how to love on and surprise others in order to let them be surprised by Jesus’ love as well! That our ultimate goal in all this is to point them to Him.

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  3. Jesus is a perfect example of surprising actions. He always cared for the individual more than convention or the thinking of men. I love that about him. Yes, surprising others with interest and curiosity would bring his example into our lives. I agree.

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  4. This is thought-provoking for me. I’m going through the book “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World” by Joanna Weaver and she talks about three ways that Jesus served: on His way, out of His way and in many ways. She challenges the reader to think about how we can do this in our own lives. Your post has me mulling this over some more.

    I get stuck in “boxes” or “the way things should/have always been done.” I forget that there are just as many ways to serve as there are people. He just wants me to be about His business, whatever it is that day. Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Thanks, Marie. I’m glad you found it thought-provoking. The book sounds interesting too. It’s true there are lots of different ways to serve people- I guess it’s about trying to be open to how God is leading us to do that in each situation.

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  5. Carly,
    oh yes yes yes! Surprise them with love and joy and by treating them as people with value! 😀 We are all God’s children! And without Christ, we are all nothing. Our righteousness is filthy rags. (some translations go further…eew)
    Thanks for such a great post! (and for reading mine too.)
    Happy Easter!
    Love,
    Tammy (#76)
    (tammysincerity)

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