I was looking forward to getting to know her more.
Reference: Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. (Luke 12:51 NIV)
Explore: When I started a new job I was shown around the whole office, introduced to all the other employees. Everyone seemed friendly, but there was one person who really stood out.
She was helpful and engaging and could join in on a good joke. I was looking forward to getting to know her more.
As the months went along, the friendship grew. And what I discovered was quite surprising.
Not only was my new friend friendly and witty, but she had a really strong faith. I could see her connection with God was lived out everyday and she had a wealth of relatable knowledge to share.
Application: People aren’t always what they seem. From first impressions we tend to put people in a box and limit them to a stereotype.
People did the same with Jesus and, in fact, still do. They think He is only one way or the other.
And yet, Jesus constantly surprised people with who He really was.
To some He brought peace; others division. To some He brought grace; to others challenge.
No matter what your view of Jesus is, you can be assured it is far greater than the box we put Him in.
Prayer: Dear Lord, forgive me for limiting You to my own understanding. Amen.
What has surprised you about Jesus lately?
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.