We all want to be like Jesus, and yet we so often fall short. Recently I saw a list, and thought I’d modify it and add to it…by reflecting on the many differences between Jesus’ ministry and my own.
Jesus of Nazareth * Pastor Kris Widmer
Born in Bethlehem * Born in Loma Linda
Son of the Everlasting Father * Son of my father, who died in 2007
Baptized in the Jordan * Baptized in a baptistery
Walked on Water * Often "skating on thin ice."
Rebuked the Wind * Wears a windbreaker
Changed Water to Wine * Changes Water into Lemonade
Welcomed Strangers * Is occasionally strange
Cursed a fig tree * Kills house plants
Fed 5,000 people * Attends potluck, dish in hand.
Saw Nathaniel under fig tree * Sees the world through CNN
Healed servant at a distance * Can use the remote control
Prayed, instead of sleeping * Sleeps, instead of praying.
Stomped the serpent’s head * Has a snake as a pet
Cast out the darkness * Relies on a night light
Gave sight to the blind * Worked at blind camp
Raised a man, dead for 4 days * Planned a funeral in 4 days.
Overturned the money tables * Sets up foyer tables.
Anointed with costly perfume * Wears cheap cologne
Cast demons into pigs * Believes pork is of the Devil
Friend of tax-collectors * Was audited in 2003
Cleansed lepers * Has changed dirty diapers
Stands at the door and knocks * Got locked out of own office
Observed the Widow’s mites * Picks up pennies in parking lots.
Was falsely arrested * Was “unfairly” ticketed for speeding
Preached a Sermon at Olivet * Preached a sermon, all of it!
Died on a cross * Is occasionally cross
Saved the World! Serious!* Watched the World Series
As you can see, I still have a long ways to go in my Christian life. I fail miserably at the goal of being like Jesus, in many more serious ways. That’s why I need to hang around other sinners in the church, so I can set a good example of being a poor example…and perhaps be an encouragement to others who are trying to muddle along through life too.
So…be gracious to yourself and those around you. Nobody’s perfect.
I can’t wait for the day when Jesus will come and change this flesh and blood into perfection.
Be Positive and Encouraging,
O. Kris Widmer