Tuesday, August 18, 2015

This week's lesson (August 15-21): cross-cultural missions

"The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." -- John 3:8, NIV
God's love is a net that catches all kinds of fish.

Consider the Nicodemus described in John 3, for instance, with the woman at the well in the following chapter -- two people as different as night and day.
  • One is a man, the other a woman.
  • One is named, the other nameless.
  • One is Jewish, the other Samaritan.
  • One comes to Jesus, the other is approached by him.
  • One is a respected leader of his community; the other skulks out to the well at a time when she can avoid her peers.
  • Oh yes -- and one encounters Jesus by night, while the other meets him at noon.
No, these people are opposites in almost every respect; even their response to Jesus is not the same.
  • Nicodemus is slow -- even timid. It is only when Christ dies that he openly declares his faith.
  • But the woman at the well fences with Jesus a bit -- then plunges in. Her response is immediate and public; the result is the conversion of her whole village.
Two very different fish, in other words -- but one net that's big enough for both.
Yes, two very different people -- but one God who loves them all.

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