Don’t Miss Jesus…

Learning to integrate is the answer, compartmentalizing tends to produce frustration. Belief and behavior must come together and reflect our stated world view. The confounding truth for the religious establishment during Jesus’ day was that they had their understanding of religion, with its rituals, structure, and restrictions, but could not see God when he appeared.

When you expect God to think and act in your favored understandings, it is easy to miss him. Jesus came into the world with very different priorities than the dominant religious group. Now, that is not to say that he ignored the Law or the Prophets, not in any sense of the term. The Sabbath was observed by him in keeping with the intent of God for the Sabbath, i.e. to benefit man.

So as he applied his understanding of God to daily life, he was unperturbed by healings on the Sabbath or disciples casually gathering grain from the field as they walked by. He knew God, he knew God’s intent, which allowed him to act toward that end.

James tells us that pure and undefiled religion is caring for widows and orphans (the vulnerable) and to keep oneself untainted by the world. Utilizing logic, skewing reason, and attempting to maintain emotional distance from someone abandoned, because “she has a husband somewhere” misses what James tells us to do.

However, is it just that type of compartmentalizing of Scripture from life that has limited many, twisting their understanding and preventing their effectively demonstrating God in our world. As the religious world in Jesus’ day had become more focused on the Law than the God who gave that Law, perspective became distorted. It became obvious when they saw Jesus doing miraculous works, but had to attribute it to Satan to keep their own biases.

In our own times we have to be careful that we don’t expect Jesus to act our way, wear our brands, and be enthused about our passions. Our behavior and beliefs must align with pure and undefiled religion.

You don’t want to miss Jesus because he is not wearing a Longhorn jersey or is carrying a Mizzou pennant.

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About Checking The Mail

I am Carl Feril, a minister and Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist. I am married to Janet, who is far better than I deserve, and have two wonderful sons. CW is living in Waterloo, KS and is married to Kelly through whom I have 4 step-grandsons and 10 great-grandkids. Orrin lives here in St John and is married to Meagan, and they have Jayce and Mara. God has blessed me beyond measure and I hope to share all those blessings with others.
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