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Friday, February 27, 2015

Think About It

Getting Past The Stink
Pastor B.J. Knefley

Do you know anyone that can walk through a yard sale or flea market and pickup what we see as a piece of junk and turn it into something of value? I know I have. I’ve been with family members who are into the reselling of other peoples junk and I’ve walked by something only to have them pick it up and resell it for far more than what they bought it for. It’s not that I don’t see it, I just don’t see it in the same way. I call it getting past the stink.

I don’t care if it’s people or things, we often walk by without seeing the value. With people it’s the way the look, or their age. It’s about the context in which we observe them. How we interpret them and their situation will determine how we respond. Sometimes we have trouble looking past their stink. But we have to remember that one’s person stink is another persons treasure and just because we don’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

As a follower of Christ I’m admonished to love others as myself. Sadly it is more often that we love others “like” ourselves than others different than us. Why is that? Is it because when we observe people different than ourselves that all we see is their difference, (stink) and can’t get past it. In a day when many seem to be focused upon moral purity we somehow miss out on the people who we are called to love. Rather than focus on the person we focus on the behavior. Someone asked the question of why do we expect outsiders to act like insiders when the insiders act like the outsiders?

I am reminded of the story of the Samaritan women at the well, (John 4). She had many things going against her according to her society. First she was a Samaritan and second she’d had many failed relationships. Jesus saw a person whose heart was searching. He saw past the stink of her life and touched her life in a manner that brought hope and healing. It’s always easy to see the stink in a person’s life, but we’re called to look past it to the beauty that lays beneath. Perhaps today is the day to start. Think about it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a very good article, so very true until it comes to our elected officials. Offer ISIS jobs for their arms, I don't think they will trade. We are at our ends times and nor all the commandments or love thy neighbor is going to stop this war. Only thing they know is to kill Christians so some one has to stand up and kill them. And this is not our government. They don't have the knowledge to do so. We can pray all we want and pray that it helps ,but pray without works doesn't do the job. Enough said .May God have mercy on all those Christians being killed today.