Day 234 – Life Reimagined
On: June 22, 2015   |   By: SWLadmin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

While they were listening to this, Jesus went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once. He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’ “But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’ “He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it. Luke 19:11-15

It’s always tempting, with a parable, to try and tease out as many detailed comparisons as we can. This is a classic example, with many potential touch points between Jesus and the king in the story. But a parable makes one key point, and the key point here is not about where the distant country is, or when the king would come home; rather, what we do with what we’ve been given while we wait for Jesus’ return.

And I feel Jesus tapping me on the shoulder here, as I’m increasingly sensing that this year spent “In the footsteps of the King” is not an exercise in understanding Jesus better, but allowing him to have free rein in my daily life. And that means that I don’t ask for His blessing on what I’m up to, but I go where He leads; I speak the words He gives me; I do the things he wants done.

John captures it in the sublime introduction to his gospel: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

We’re back to “Christ in us, the hope of glory.”

Today, I have a potentially difficult review meeting with a team member. If I approach it with an “HR mindset”, I feel very uncomfortable, as I will be focussed on improving performance through changed behaviour. Managing people is something that is a key part of my job, but seen through this lens, I am not at all comfortable, as I’m not hot on confrontation.

However, if I think of this as an opportunity to work closely and caringly with someone to help them grow, – an approach “full of grace and truth” – I immediately feel entirely different about it. I can see possibilities, rather than problems; opportunities rather than threats. As a follower of Jesus, this is what “Christ in me, the hope of glory” looks like. He is living in me and steering me towards doing things His way. My hope is not the clichéd “pie in the key when you die”, but a life lived effectively, with Jesus. The glory is not some future dream or my own reputation, rather the name of Jesus lifted high as people encounter Him in the person I am.

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, fill me today, that Christ in me might come alive, and that I might be a blessing to those around me in all I do. To the glory of the Father. Amen.

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