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June 3, 2013, 10:33 AM

an act of simple obedience


What if I were to start this blog entry with a menial task for you to complete before reading further, perhaps grabbing a small glass of water to have on hand for instructions to follow.  Would you really go get a glass of water?  I wouldnt think less of you if you just kept on plowing through the words, ignoring the glass of water and figuring you could just pretend you have a glass of water when we get to that point in the message.  

Well, what if you were in a hostile foreign country, where the indiginous people really, really didnt like you and you were told to grab some food knowing FULL well that you would probably be denied service just about every way you turn?  I would question the order myself.  

I've always wondered about what issues the disciples were having trying to find food in Samaria while Jesus chatted with the woman at Jacob's well in John 4.  First off, they didnt take the Jewish route AROUND Samaria, instead plowing right on through much to the shagrin of pretty much EVERY Jew.  Second, they were all Jewish men who were forbidden by law to associate with a Samaritan, more or less ask them for food, drink, etc... 

But here they are, following a simple command of Jesus to find some food while he rests by the well.  They miss the entire exchange with the woman Jesus talks to.  All they get to witness is the dramatic conclusion of the woman running back into town to tell everyone about the Messiah.

Its that simple command to go get food though that sticks out in my head this morning.  Would I have been so willing to walk away from Jesus in a hostile town and try and barter or purchase food from someone who hated me?  Do you have any idea what the Samaritans would do with your food before they gave it to you?  Without hesitation though, off they went.  A simple task made much more complicated by their prejudices and preconceived notions. 

What has Jesus asked you to do that has you dragging your feet or making excuses to get out of?  I'm not talking about those big things like dropping your pursuit of money and running to the mission field in Africa... I'm talking about those pesky little habits that walk you right to the doorstep of temptation.  I'm talking about those tiny little expressions of forgiveness and compassion that we would rather brush under the rug.  What about those small displays of moral fortitude and integrity that may not result in a promotion but instead keep your feel on solid ground? 

Are we an obedient folk to the little things?  Because its the little things that will define us in the end.  You probably wont fully remember 1 sermon I preach for the next ten years... but if I treat you like dirt just once, you will never forget it... The same goes for a small act of kindness or compassion, those are remembered long after their expiration date.  

Take some time to work on the 10-Second rule this week, doing the thing that you're pretty sure Jesus wants you do to, and do it within the next 10 seconds.  I'm looking forward to hearing the stories next week of all your newfound obedience adventures. 



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