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Patient Instruction

Posted: Tuesday, May 28

Tyler Jensen // Worship Associate

Tyler Jensen // Worship Associate

May 24 Readings:

2 Samuel 4:1-6:23
John 13:31-14:14
Psalm 119:17-32
Proverbs 15:31-32 

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Verse of the Day:

“And you know the way to where I am going.  No, we don’t know, Lord, Thomas said.  We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?   Jesus told him, I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one can come to the Father except through me.  If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is.  From now on, you do know him and have seen him!” (John 14:4-7)

            It’s safe to say we’ve all been in a position of being fairly well educated in a subject, and had to try and explain that to someone who has little knowledge of what we’re talking about.  It could be like when my friend in robotics tries to tell me about his work process… or it could be when I try to explain what happened in the Avengers movie to my mom (love you mom).  It can be very easy to let ourselves get frustrated with the other person, and start getting short and talking down to them.

Now imagine being Jesus, who knowing literally everything, would always be in the position of trying to explain things to people who had no previous knowledge of what he was talking about.  I can appreciate and relate to the honesty in Thomas’s response here.  He had no idea that Jesus was talking about the Heavenly realms, and assumed Jesus was talking about a physical place on Earth.  And yet despite these constant questions, Jesus is faithful in his explanations.

We learn that God is always receptive and encourages our questions to him.  He wants us learn more about him and his teachings.  We also learn through Jesus’ example, the grace in our explanations.  This is so crucial in ministry and dealing with people when we carry the reputation of being a Christian.  Our reactions and the way we talk tell so much about our story, and people will make a very quick judgement on our character if they detect a condescending tone in our language.  Let’s follow Jesus’ example of patience and grace, and always take it as a good thing when someone wants to learn more about one of our strengths.  There is always room for more people to do God’s work!