Raising the Roof and Raising a Ruckus

By July 11, 2014 faith 5 Comments

Day 2, John 2

Reading the accounts recorded in chapter 2 of John’s Gospel, I wonder how I would have reacted to Jesus’ two very different displays of power. In the first, Jesus raises the roof on a wedding feast by turning water into wine. In the second, He raises a ruckus by braiding a whip and driving out the animals and moneychangers from the temple.

These are two very different acts. The first likely won Him friends—who doesn’t like a festive party with fine wine? But then Jesus got all angry in the temple and made a scene. I’m guessing some (many?) people backed away from Jesus, wondering what in the world He was doing.

Even now, I find that following Jesus is a lot like these two scenes. There is much to celebrate, and Jesus does some fantastic miracles of healing and forgiveness and change in my heart. But there are also regular times temple cleansing, so to speak, when Jesus needs to raise a ruckus in my heart and clear out what’s cluttering up the space intended for God. It’s disruptive and uncomfortable, but necessary.

The challenge I see is being a faithful follower whether Jesus is raising the roof or raising a ruckus in my life. Today, I’m asking Jesus to help me stay steady in both.

What is God teaching you today? Share in the comments or via social media (tag me!).

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