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May 2015

Sunday, 03 May 2015

Weird and Bearded
'Not in human wisdom but in the power of God.' 1 Corinthians 2:5 NLT


*WHY* are Christians considered ‘weird’? Is it because we hang around in churches, and believe there’s more to life than meets the eye? Are we ‘Jesus freaks’ because we live radically, spiritually, God–trusting lives? Because we make decisions the world doesn’t understand, knowing that Jesus will carry us through what He asks of us? Does that last one excite you? It excites us… The Bible is full of people who risk looking ‘weird’ by taking God at His word, straight up.

The book of Exodus would’ve been far shorter if Moses had just dipped a toe in the Red Sea, yelped at the cold and hopped around a bit. David wouldn’t have reached the palace if he’d chosen to leave his slingshot in his pocket. The world would look a lot different had Noah chosen to build a patio to soak up the sun. The common bond between these three, and so many more, is faith. (Oh, wait. And another thing: their fearsome Old Testament beards). It’s a risky business stepping into the waves expecting them to part, or going toe–to–toe with the world’s most colossal soldier, or building a boat in the desert. But these people are famous throughout history because they trusted in God. The power of God is above our reasoning, and beyond our com-fort. If living with faith is a risky business, have a practice today. Pray for one of your friends, (or someone who isn’t yet your friend, if you’re feeling really brave), asking God how you can encourage them. Then pray for help to do it.

SoulFood: 2 Kings 4:42-44, Mark 6:30-44

word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2015 UCB International Ltd

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