JESUS OVER EVERYTHING
FROM CROWDS TO CREWS
By Yaryna Serednytsky
This week’s message is one that not only I resonated with but also nearly everyone in the room, too.
We were told as kids that we are supposed to be a part of this larger body of people that is accepted by society, but we were never told about how we are going to affect the people around us. Jesus shows us how to engage with our crowd and how to work with them. He shows us every day, with every person that we pass, how to engage with them and how to make a difference in their lives.
Think back to the story of Zacchaeus and how Jesus called out to him...
Luke 19:5-10 (NIV) 5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomes him gladly. 7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
This is important. This is where it all started. The prime example of what we, as a society, even though we don't think about it a lot, we do every day... We wait for people the initiate the relationship and we hesitate to initiate it ourselves. Think about what our society would be like if we changed that stigma. If we decided to be more open to allowing people into our life, if we were less afraid of what people thought about us, if we let Jesus over our relationships.
Right here you see people start to judge and see Zacchaeus for who he is NOT who Jesus sees him to be! We heard something really important in this week’s message.
IT’S NOT ABOUT THE PERSON THAT IS LIVING A TOUGH SEASON IT’S ABOUT THE PERSON THAT IS LEADING THE RELATIONSHIP.
If you continue to read the story of Zacchaeus you watch how the relationship he has with Jesus changes the way he perceives life. It showed us that it’s about the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s about how were going to get to our goals and what we’re going to do next to make our passions embody our life story.
When Jesus is over our relationships we don't observe them passively, we pursue them passionately.
1 Corinthians 9:20-23 (MSG) Even though I am free of the demand and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people; religious, non religious, moralist, loose living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized, whoever.
This is where we saw that Jesus really embodied what was written. We have been called to the light to the darkness. The only way we can do that is if we are the light IN the dark. Jesus is who we strive to be; all encompassing and all accepting of people around him.
Who are we to ASSUME that everything going on in this world around us is made to perfectly fit our story line.
Everyone is growing in his or her own way, vertically, laterally, diagonally, curvy or straight. Sometimes life takes your off the beaten path, but if you allow Jesus over your relationship, not only with the people in your life, but also with your relationship with yourself and your personal life, you will find that He will lead you in the direction that you are destined to go.
Next time you cross paths with someone, how are you going to treat the situation?
Are you going to...
1. Wait for them to initiate the relationship
2. Be a part of the crowd that scolds others for trying to make a change in someone’s life
Or 3, are you going to be the light in the darkness, are you going to initiate that relationship with that person and lean in towards Him to find your path together and watch that relationship grown into something bigger than yourselves.
There is ALWAYS room for growth and there is ALWAYS time to commit.
And that is the final lesson that we learned this weekend; that even though we are a part of a crowd (Society) you have to be committed to your crew. Jesus in John 21:15-17 decided that he was going to be committed to his community and committed to his crews.
You know why this is SO important, because life is BIGGER then you and me. It’s BIGGER than the little things society thinks defines us, and it STARTS with the small commitment to your crew to change something bigger in our lives.