DayBreaks for 6/23/17 – As Jesus Was Walking

DayBreaks for 6/23/17: As Jesus Was Walking

From the DayBreaks archive, 2007

John 9:1 – As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth.

And so begins the story of the healing of the blind beggar in the gospel of John.  It’s a rather innocuous beginning, but it is also profound.  Jesus was out walking.  We don’t know where he was going, but he wasn’t in the temple.  It doesn’t appear that he was on his way to some ministry our counseling appointment.  We simply don’t know where he was going.  But one thing is clear: he wasn’t punched in on the ministry time clock. 

Time clocks rule our lives in many ways.  We have certain times when we are supposed to be at work and when we are to leave work, when we’re supposed to be in class at school.  Even our vacations are often dominated by glances at the clock and the sobering awareness of the passing of time – of vacation freedom coming to an end.  We are ruled by time. 

If there is one thing that can be said about Jesus, it is this: he wasn’t very mindful of the clock.  Even though he wasn’t “punched in”, as he traveled to wherever it was that he was going, he saw a man who had been blind, beside the path, begging.  The key word is “saw.”  Jesus stopped and engaged the man in his hour of need.  No one else seemed to pay any attention to this man: he’d probably been a daily sight at the same location for years.  And after that much time passes and if you see that same person every day for year after year, you tend to lose sight of him eventually, he becomes invisible.  And that’s what this man was to apparently everyone that day except for Jesus.  Jesus, on his own time, saw him. 

This man was used to being ignored, to being treated as if he were invisible.  What did it mean to him that day that Jesus saw him and healed him?  It meant that, perhaps for the very first time in his life, he knew that God saw him.  In fact, God had seen every quivering of the man’s chin as he began to cry in his frustration and degradation.  God has seen every person that the man had not seen who had chosen to cross to the far side of the roadway to avoid having to come face to face with this needy may.  But God didn’t pass him by, God came to him that day and saw him, and he saw God. 

And it all happened “as Jesus was walking.”  Today, we’ll take lots of steps – you may even have a watch or phone that will count them for you – we’ll go lots of places and we will almost certainly see lots of people.  But will we “see” them as did?  And even if we see them as we go along our way, will we take time to give them encouragement, a blessing of some kind – spiritual, emotional or physical?  There is to be no time that God’s love and mercy through His children is not in full employ.  As you go on your way today, make it your goal to see people with Jesus’ eyes and to let Him minister to them through your hands and feet.

PRAYER: Lord, we’ve got lots of things on our minds today, many things to do and many places to go.  Open our eyes to see people today as Jesus sees them…we ask You to see them through our physical vision and then to move our physical hands and feet to act as Jesus would in each instance.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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DayBreaks for 05/23/11 – How We Treat Jesus

DayBreaks for 05/23/11 – How We Treat Jesus

How would you treat Jesus?

What would you do if you opened the door to your house after hearing a gentle knock, only to find Jesus standing there?  What would you say?  How would you treat him?  What would you fix him for dinner?  What would you do for him if he asked?

In her blog, A Holy Experience, blogger Ann Voskamp recently posed the question, “How do we really treat Jesus?”  I’m fairly certain that if you’re reading this blog, you are thinking that you’d treat Him with the utmost respect…that you would do for him anything you could.  Right?

Really?

Voskamp included a line she read in a Frank Peretti book that started her chain of thought: “The depth of a person’s character is not measured by his or her physical strength, but by the depth of his or her nobility.”  She continues: “How do we treat those who are weaker?  We look in to each other’s eyes.  How do we treat those who are weaker? And then I read it out loud, the words of Jesus: The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ Mt. 25:40

… and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”  Acts 9:4

“I peer into faces and I whisper it, the wonder, trembling truth of it: How we treat the weaker is our treating of Jesus.  Not like we treat Jesus.  Not similarly. But how we treat the weak IS our treating Jesus.

“When you gave a cup of water to one of these little ones, so you gave it to Me.  We can worship Christ in our sanctuaries and we can pray to God on our knees, but how we treat — or neglect – the person next door, the poor, every human being, this is how we truly speak to Christ and this is how we really treat Jesus.”

How do you treat the homeless beggar on the street?  Would you treat Jesus that way?  How do you treat the brothers and sisters in your church that you just don’t really care for all that much?  Would you treat Jesus that way?  How, husbands, do you treat your wives, who are weaker physically?  Would you treat Jesus that way?

It is a sobering thought: how we treat those who are weaker IS how we are treating Jesus.

PRAYER: Forgive us for not recognizing you in the disturbing disguise of the weakest and poorest among us.  Forgive us for how we’ve treated you, LORD JESUS!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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