January 28, 2019

Messing With the Status Quo

Luke 13:10-17

When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was ­doing.

—  Luke 13:17

One of my favorite things to do is to ask probing questions and help people think. It may be a habit I have picked up from stories about Jesus. He asks lots of questions. He likes people to think about what they are doing in life. The religious leaders are often cocky and think they have done all of the people’s thinking for them, but then Jesus asks them a question that shows they have a lot to learn. It’s a good exercise to ponder Jesus’ questions.

This story gives us an example. The community has certain rules and ways of doing things, and when Jesus steps in and interrupts the pattern by healing a woman on the Sabbath, the religious leaders are unhappy. Jesus isn’t supposed to mess with the status quo.

I wonder how often we have assumed that we know all the answers. We too might put Jesus in a box and figure that as long as he fits in our comfort zone, we are okay with him. But then Jesus, in true loving fashion, kicks the sides of the box out. He doesn’t want us to miss the reality that outside of our comfort zone are the miracles he wants us to see and learn from.

It is easy to hang on to our own ideas. We can even get used to dysfunction and lose sight of the full life God wants for us. Could today be a good day for letting Jesus mess with our status quo?

Dear Jesus, today please surprise us with your joy. Teach us that it’s okay outside of the box and that you have a big plan for our lives. Amen.

About the author — Beth Fellinger

Beth Fellinger is the pastor of Destination Church in St. Thomas, Ontario. She and her husband have been involved in ministry in large urban centers and small rural communities. Beth has served in three church plants and a church rebirth as well as in established churches. She loves her children, their spouses, and grandchildren. She is a cancer survivor twice over and celebrates life every day. She believes strongly in the local church and what a church committed to Christ, missions, and its community can accomplish. She has an enthusiastic vision of how the church can reach out and share the good news of Jesus with others.

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