Mentality of a Messiah 2

ATMAgain, the long lines here in Buenos Aires provide me with ample opportunities to look into the mind of Jesus. Down here, much of business is still done in hard, cold cash. Many homes are even bought with cash. This makes things especially interesting since the exchange rate is now around 8 Argentine pesos = 1 US dollar. So if you buy a US$150,000 home, you might spend all day counting bills.

The cash based system often makes for long lines at the bank machines. Sure enough, I got stuck behnind an elderly man punching at the keyboard the other day.

He took his card out, then slowly put it back in, pressing the buttons at a rate of one digit per minute.

What did I feel?

Frustration? I was in a hurry after all.

Annoyed? What is the problem with old people anyway?

But couldn’t I have closed my eyes to pray for this man who was slowing down the line and struggling with his old age?

If a person is holding up a line, complaining loudly and selfishly… do I condemn them, or do I lift up my voice silently in prayer and intercession?

We have so many delusions of grandeur about our faith, while the smallest opportunities to practice mercy go wasted.

Be merciful – when it is not convenient – and your mercy is multiplied a hundred-fold.

(Read Mark 5:24-34 to see how the Master did things.)

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9 comments on “Mentality of a Messiah 2

  1. A Servant says:

    The simple things show faith in Christ perhaps even more brightly than our so-called big moments. This was a great challenge brother.

  2. abundantlife says:

    Every encounter, every situation is an opportunity to reflect Jesus… yet we forget and “blow it” often. May Jesus help us to grow in faith and be transformed and reflect the fruit of His Spirit… Thanks for the message.

  3. Patience is always a virtue, there are many who are older than us who are moving closer to their final embrace with our love….as they get older they move slower, inside they are still young as their spirit is coming of age in the new birthing process, but as the flesh changes so their actions usually cause many to think less of them. Give them a blessing and your prayers, for one day your time and actions will become limited. Bless them and you will be blessed, for as you do to one, it surely may be done to you! Every encounter is a blessing! Have a wonderful day my brother! Thanks always for the blessing of your visits!

  4. A great reminder. I am often an impatient driver. Good words to hear. (on another note – why doesn’t your blog show in my wordpress reader? – odd)

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