Monday, October 10, 2016

Day 10... Through the Lens of Grace

Day 10... Unknown


un-named
unknown
unsung
unsown
unseen
unheard
untold?

Absurd!
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"A Lesson From the Un-named People in the Bible"
(originally posted 5/1/16)

We've...

read about them
heard their stories

but do not even know their names

the woman with the Alabaster box
the widow of Nain
the woman with the issue of blood

and entire sermons have been built around them

their lives
their stories

the woman with the Alabaster box
(defined by what she gave)

the widow of Nain
(defined by what she lost)

the woman with the issue of blood
(defined by her problem)

and there were some men too...

the Good Samaritan
(defined by what he did)

the man with palsy
(defined by what he did not do)

the man by the pool at Bethesda
(defined by what he could not do)

and the messages in their stories are real

important
relevant

and as I read them
it becomes even clearer

that...

WHAT you are is very different from WHO you are

(because none of us want to be defined only by our "what",
we really just want people to see our "who")

but the truth is...

to us, they both matter

But ever notice how it seems Jesus never looked at people's "what"?

the woman at the well
(defined by her placement)

the woman caught in adultery
(defined by her act)

the Shunammite woman
(defined by her heritage)

and perhaps He wanted us to learn

that when...
"what" you are distracts from "who" you are

and when...
"who" you are is not sufficiently conveyed by "what" you are

that's when we will finally learn that

it's really all about who He is

Holy
Sovereign
God
King of Kings
Redeemer
Healer
Savior
Friend

and so what you call me

how you

view
define

my what and
my who

does not even matter when
He simply calls me...

His

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