It’s hard to not conform. People all around us, people we love. People who love us. People who need us. Jesus saw them everywhere – and yes, He also wanted to help them. In fact, He did, everywhere he went. That was the whole point of His ministry. We see written in scripture – all the many times Jesus “taught.” There is the sermon on the mount, the parables, even the feeding of the five thousand. But we fail to recall the portions where it explains how He went from place to place – healing all who needed it. That’s a lot of healing! That’s a lot of time, days, hours, months, years, undocumented in the pages of scripture.
So little of Jesus’ time is actually recorded. But it is that unreported, forgotten, un-noticed time that made Him so perfect. He was God. He was without sin. He was the perfect example. The perfect sacrifice. He was perfectly authentic in every way. He allowed God to pour out of Him from the very beginning of His understanding. “Didn’t you know I have to be about my Father’s business?” I don’t think His parents agreed. Perhaps they told Him how rebellious, inconsiderate, and immature He was. And perhaps so – but yet those things were not necessarily “sin,” …..apparently. Interesting.
To sin is to miss the mark. So what is the mark? Is it dressing myself according to a certain standard or code prescribed by an authority figure? Is the mark a specific attitude, mood, or doctrine? I don’t think so. Jesus violated all these things. The mark is the authentic presence of the Spirit of God – and dwelling only in that space. It is not about what we think, say, or do – as much as it is about the SOURCE from which we think, say, and do.
I want to be authentic. I can still love others and do my work in this world without conforming to people’s twisted ideas, motives, and control. May we live in the freedom in which Jesus walked….being about our Father’s business. Yes, that will involve people, always. It will also involve standing up to people, resisting people. May God’s Spirit be ever present – granting us the wisdom to discern where His Spirit will take us next, and to who.