[Everyday Christians] LOVE the one you’re WITH

Priming the Pump

Let’s start with a question…

Do you live DISTRACTED, or are you PRESENT in the moment?

Personally, I tend to live in a perpetual state of distraction and the Lord has really been speaking to me about this. What I mean is that the Holy Spirit has been convicting me and showing Jesus in contrast with this disease of my flesh that I call “multi-tasking”. Literally, several times a day I will be heard to remark, “you have my semi-divided attention.” Now, normally, I’ll follow with some quick quip about how “only one person gets my undivided attention.” But, to be honest, I’m not even sure that’s true…

Jamie, I repent. Please forgive me…

Kids, I repent. Please forgive me…

DCC family, I repent. Please forgive me…

Unlike me, Jesus was always present in every moment, and I believe that’s one of the things that really ministered to those around Him. When you give someone your undivided attention, you are valuing them and they can tell. Seriously, we can tell when people aren’t paying attention and, let’s be honest, we don’t feel valued in that moment do we?

But, Jesus went to the mount of Olives. Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and he sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do you say?” They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him.

But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court.

Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”

-John 8:1-12 NASB

Can you imagine how devalued this woman felt in her sin and her shame? Not to mention the fact that she was now being dragged by these men from the “very act” and brought her into the court of the temple. Out of concern for her? To help her? To have some sort of spiritual intervention or “come to Jesus meeting”? No. To use her… as a means of entrapment.

Then, with Jesus illuminating the crushing weight of their own sin and thereby demonstrating their absolute inability to stand judgment over another, they left… and silence fell… I imagine it was one of those moments when the exchange between two people is so intense that everything else goes into a sort of sensory blur and they are the only discernible objects in the room. Jesus’ next move was so amazing and I can only imagine the shear rush of joy, and thanksgiving that the woman experienced as a result. Here’s how I read what Jesus said next…

“Let’s get one thing straight, I alone have the ability to stand judgment over you and your sin, but I choose not to. Now, go. Stop devaluing yourself. I made you for more than that, for me, for my glory.”

Immediately, you see Him talking again to the crowd (the Pharisees and Saducees having left now), “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.” The whole time this exchange was happening with this woman, the crowd was still there, but Jesus was focused in the moment. He was focused on the Father’s heart for this woman… this adultress…

The big idea

If we continue to live distracted, we will not be positioned to recognize the moments in which Jesus desires to pour out His light and life in us and through us. As co-laborers with Christ in His Kingdom, we must learn to be present, realizing that He has created sacramental moments in our everyday lives, for us and for others. In order to properly operate in the Kingdom, we must live in the NOW.

Grace & Peace,
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