Our paths had never crossed.
Reference: When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, (Luke 7:4 NIV)
Explore: A couple of months ago I sat in a meeting with a group of people I’d never met before. It was a business meeting and although we worked in similar fields, our paths had never crossed.
I was introduced at the beginning of the meeting and as our discussion went along some of my work history was revealed.
Half way through the meeting one of the gentlemen stopped mid sentence and proclaimed, “Oh, you’re THAT Linda!” His revelation had come out of nowhere and so I wasn’t really sure if “THAT Linda” was a good thing or not!
Upon further investigation I discovered that THAT Linda was a good thing and I hadn’t ruined the meeting just by my very presence! In fact, I found the enlightened gentleman actually became more open and receptive to the meeting and our business discussion.
Application: We can’t always control what other people say or think of us, but it’s always nice when people speak highly of us. Our past behaviours can pave the way forward for us.
The Centurion in Luke 7 benefitted greatly from his positive past. We don’t know if Jesus would have responded anyway, but the religious leaders certainly spoke highly of him and got Jesus’ attention.
Jesus does not hold our past behaviours against us but it’s great if we can live in such a way that our actions catch God’s attention.
We hear over and over again in the Bible that there’s nothing we can do for God to love us more. But maybe our actions can actually show God’s love to others and help them to see His grace and hope.
Prayer: Lord, may my behaviours be a good reflection of who you are and what You have done for us. Amen.
What would people say of your actions today?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.