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Devotion - July 3, 2020

Matthew 11:16–19

“To what can I compare this generation? It is like children playing a game in the public square. They complain to their friends,

‘We played wedding songs, and you didn’t dance, so we played funeral songs, and you didn’t mourn.’

For John didn’t spend his time eating and drinking, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’ The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.”

Devotion by Chris Shiver

Jesus (who is speaking here) frequently did not do what everyone expected. He was disruptive in ways that made people rethink how society was organized and opened their hearts to God’s Love. Recently, we have seen both ordinary people and some of our leaders being disruptive and doing the unexpected, in dealing with the pandemic and in reacting to the way minorities have been treated. Some of this disruptive behavior may be positive and some may be negative, and much of it we may be unsure of what it will lead to. But Jesus taught us that our routines and ways of thinking and relating to other people sometimes need to be upset. This stimulates our hearts and minds to rethink and meditate on whether we are living in relationship to God and each other as we ought to. Otherwise our society cannot change and grow as it needs to. It is up to us to work together to use and guide the current disruptive forces into change that improves our world, especially for those who are downtrodden.

My Prayer:

Jesus, I pray that I will be open to the change that you are still calling for. Help me to be disruptive when necessary, not for my own benefit, but to help those who need it the most. Amen.

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