They Don’t Fit The Pattern

All around us are people who don’t fit the pattern of what we see or think qualifies as “normal people”. Perhaps it is their style of dress, their manner of speech, their conduct or their values. They might not fit into the rules that we have set forth, rules that guide in how we are to function. Well, we’d make a good Pharisee, for this is how they treated Jesus.  “Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.” Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them. (John 9:16 NKJV)”. There were rules and guidelines. “You can’t do it this way, especially not on a Sunday!”  “You’re a sinner therefore God could not work through you!”

Often we dismiss people because they are sinners or their conduct is out of line. Some might argue that though people thought Jesus was sinful, He actually was perfect, and there is a huge difference between ignoring Jesus and avoiding or ignoring sinful people. Yet Jesus said that what we do to one of these least we’ve done it unto Him (Matt 25:40).  Ouch, we are back to our rejection of Jesus.

Lord Jesus, I don’t want to reject or dismiss You. Help me not to dismiss others that are different or that don’t quite fitting the expectations that I have.

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2 Responses to They Don’t Fit The Pattern

  1. Steph says:

    Very good blog Keith. It’s ones heart that tells the tale. We all make mistakes, and mistakes are usually out in the open to see so it’s easy to judge on what we see. But difficult to see whast’s in ones heart. We don’t always get to plead our mistakes. God knows our heart.. 🙂 may he have mercy on us sinners for we are not worthy.

  2. Stephen says:

    Interesting comment Annily. I’m not sure if it’s directed at me or Keith? I understand what your saying but it is a valuable blog entry.
    Most times we find God where most wouldn’t be bothered to search. But truth is, He’s everywhere if only we’d open our eyes and hearts. God bless

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