One Of Those People

12/14/2005

Once when Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him, they couldn't get to
him because of the crowds. Someone told Jesus, "Your mother and your brothers are outside, and they
want to see you." Jesus replied, "My mother and my brothers are all those who hear the message of God and obey it."
Luke 8:19-21 (NLT)

You know them, I know them, but when we're "one of those people," sometimes it's hard to even comprehend years later where we are in life. Let me explain… Have you ever known "one of those people" that just won the lottery, or were picked for a T.V. show, or were involved in some disaster, etc…? In the strange lives we live, most times our thinking is not only that the very good will happen to others, but also the very bad.

In reality, no matter what our journey looks like, eventually we all become "one of those people" we never thought we would be. What it all ends up being is just our lives, the paths we are on, but when we are in the middle of it, it can still seem impossible that we have taken such a turn in the road. Some turns we choose, good and bad, others we don't, good and bad. It's all what makes the world go round, and we can't sit outside and just watch, it just doesn't work that way. We are involved, like it or not. It's what we're doing here, as we grow and learn and adjust and come ever closer to finding out who this big, awesome, all-powerful God of the Universe really is and what we're going to do about Him--because He is not to be ignored.

Oh, but many of us try. We try to bury Him under our lives, busy ourselves with our own schemes and plans and strategies on how to work things out in a way that we think will be best for us. When Jesus says, "pick up your cross and follow me," we don't want to be "one of those people." That's not the way we had things planned. It usually doesn't fit very well in our schedule, not if we're going to get where we're going when we planned on getting there…we gotta keep moving and we'll deal with this whole God issue at another time. God knows that, He made us, created us with a free will, and now's He's just waiting to see what we're going to do with it…how we're going to spend our time, our money, our resources, our health, our gifts and the talents that have all come from Him.

No one is immune to this life, and until we are ready to understand that concept we will always feel removed from reality. We will always think it will happen to the other guy--he will win the lottery, she will get cancer, he will land the perfect job, she will get the phone call that will change her life…But we're not alone, we're all in this together. We're all relatives of our Lord and Savior when we join His family.

Jesus stood on Absolute Truth, everything He did was based on it, and He never varied from what He set out to do. Wherever He went, whatever He did, He had one purpose in mind…being obedient to His Father's will. Jesus was never concerned or full of anticipation about being "one of those people" who might face tragedy or might win the lottery. To Him, everyone He met was "one of those people" that He loved and cared about, and whose hearts He sought after to bring them Home with Him one day.