I just finished reading this over on Illuminate by Jamal Jivanjee and recommend it to everyone!
About a week ago, a fellow brother in the church community that I am a part of was sharing with me how his day to day life has changed since he began this journey into organic New Testament church life. The religious activities that he was once heavily engaged in have been replaced by something else.
This change has prompted the concern of some of his religious friends. He has been fielding a lot of questions that sound something like this:
So, what is it that you have been doing recently? What is filling up your time these days?
His reply has dumbfounded them.
I’ve been eating a lot of meals with people recently.
Although he is typically not a mind reader, their unimpressed stares to this reply leave little doubt about what they are thinking. My friend went on to tell me that he understands why they are so unimpressed with his reply. Several months ago, he was living in their world that quantifies everything through the grid of ‘doing’ good things for God. Good things like feeding the poor, fasting, prayer meetings, bible studies, evangelism, etc…
Now, a lot of those external things have been replaced by spending more time being built together in community with others and eating meals with them. To the religious community that quantifies their relationship with God with the amount of time spent ‘doing’ good things for God, this is cause for great concern. Their thought is that my friend is wasting his time and his life. They are concerned that he is abandoning his faith. In reality, however, the exact opposite is happening!
This same scenario played out two thousand years ago with Jesus as well. Jesus had a couple of pretty slanderous labels slapped on him. He was being called by some to be a ‘glutton’ and a ‘drunk’. Consider this stunning passage in which Jesus opens up and shares how He is being attacked:
The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!…Matthew 11:19, NASB
There is a lot behind this statement made about Jesus. Why would someone say this? Were the people making this assertion just making up blind accusations to throw at Jesus? I don’t think so. I am convinced that the people making this accusation actually believed that Jesus was simply some false teacher who was really just a glutton and a drunk.
We all look at the world through a set of ‘lenses’. In mankind’s religious system, everything is seen through the lens of ‘doing’. The religious community in Jesus’ day was certainly no exception. Doing the ‘works’ of God meant one thing to the religious community, and something quite different to Jesus. To Jesus, the ‘work’ of God was expressing the life of His Father through fellowship. Fellowship is a state of being, a way of life…… read more via Do You Look Like A Drunk & A Glutton? | Jamal Jivanjee.