As we talk about Living OUT toward the world like Jesus did, we need to remember who Jesus is and how he interacted with people he met. He wasn’t afraid to go places and spend time with people that would bring him ridicule from religious leaders. He said and did things that were socially and culturally unacceptable. He went to Zacchaeus’ house, he met with a woman alone by a well, he rescued a woman caught in adultery from being stoned to death.
He continually expressed the heart of the Father through love and compassion toward the overlooked and undervalued. He also acknowledged and made clear that it was the Father who drew people to him, not the other way around.
John 6:44 NIV
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.
John 6:65 NIV
“…no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.”
Have you ever felt drawn, dragged, or hauled somewhere or by someone (as reference above) into a situation or relationship? What was it like? How did you feel? This could infer an unsafe feeling or situation. Is it possible that he sometimes draws or drags us out of unsafe situations and into relationship with him?
The word “to draw” in the Greek is the word helko and it has three core root meanings:
- To draw (from a container); to attract powerfully (haul); to seize away
- Definition includes – began to drag, pull in; lead by force, haul
Other uses of helko:
- John 18:10 – Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)
- John 21:11 – So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore.
- John 21:6 – He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
1 Corinthians 13:4–13 NIV
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
OBSERVE / REFLECT / DISCUSS
- Can you express to those you disagree with?
- On a scale of 1-10, 1 being pretty much none and 10 being Jesus, what is your current level patience? What about kindness?
- What might God be saying to you as you process this?
PLAN / ACCOUNTABILITY / ACT
- Take time to meditate on 1 Corinthians 13 this week. Read it out loud in different translations. Insert Jesus’ name in place of love.
- Ask him to boost your love meter toward people of peace that he puts in your path.