What's the status quo in your life? What's the normal that you settle into? At Christmas cafe, we talked about that little baby who, turns out, grows us to be that guy people called Jesus. That baby comes into the world and disrupts everything. He comes and in and changes everything, even the way he goes about changing everything is different than people expected. And leaving the Christmas season, my question to you is the follow: do you feel that? Yes, that happened, everything supposedly changed, but did it? Sure during the Christmas season, things felt different, but has that lasted at all? Or is the Christmas season 'change' part of your cycle of normalcy as well? This week at Cafe, we looked at some verses from a book in the Bible called Mark, specifically, chapter 2. Jesus is hanging around with some of the people who have been following him around and he sees this tax collector, Levi, who everybody hates. Because he collects taxes. He is hanging out with the 'sinners' and the other tax collectors. And Jesus goes and eats with them... And the super religious people hanging around are confused. But that's the point. These tax collectors and these religious people were both pulled out of there normal. Jesus pulls these people deemed 'sinners' out of their world of condemnation while simultaneously forcing these religious rule followers, at least in this moment, to stop judging the people around them. If you keep reading, you will see that Jesus continues to do this the entire time he's hanging around on earth. And I think that's what he wants to do for us to. But what might that look like? What's normal for you.... to leave people out? Or to include. To be complacent? Or to settle for average. To be cynical? Or to strive to find the good. How else can you allow Jesus to break up your normal? How do you think you already have? Let's give up our status quo and search for something better.
"It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad."