Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
Jesus utilized the dynamic of conversation and shared the most memorable stories ever told. Frequently, the dynamic of conversation works best around the table. Jesus used this venue quite well. There’s something about the combination of eating, drinking, and talking that creates a safe place for open communication to materialize. This is where Jesus encourages his followers to pay attention to actively watching (eyes to see) and listening (ears to hear).
The conversation dynamic has an additional dimension that we either don’t look for or overlook. It comes up from time to time, we like it, and are deeply moved by it, but we don’t see it for what it is. What I’m talking about is the supernatural dimension that happens within the context of the few. The supernatural dimension is the actual presence of Jesus. Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I will show up.”
Just this morning at our primary small group Jesus showed up in an undeniable way. There were 13 of us gathered together in a living room, where we were set to continue discussing THE WAY Jesus curriculum. Before we got started moving through the end of the first study session, one of the couples brought up a neighborhood situation, where anger became a huge problem. They became vulnerable about their feelings, which stimulated others in the group to share similar stories and experiences. The vulnerability was contagious!
We then addressed the powerful question that always produces an answer: What Would Jesus Do?, one of our members shared a very appropriate Scripture: “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.” This was so appropriate and helpful to all of us!
Then it hit me in a big way! This is what Jesus clearly taught, when he said: “Don’t let anyone call you Rabbi, for one is your teacher and you are all brothers and sisters.” Jesus will be the supernatural teacher as we gather together, if we allow him to do so. So, we all left in agreement that we had been taught by Jesus all morning and we agreed to pray for one another in the struggles we’re each facing. It was a supernatural conversation with Jesus as the teacher!