Thursday, March 31, 2016

Jesus in Disguise

God loved His way around the world and across time,
enjoying shared secrets, simple disguises, and latent surprises.
He is finishing His work in us, through us, as us.

Speaking in Chinese.
Paying in lira.
Running in moccasins.
Swimming in the Amazon.
Eating plantains.
Forgiving trespassers.
Dissolving stereotypes.
Befriending the smelly.
Telling a joke.
Solving an equation.
Grinding maize.
Making sandwiches.
Riding a donkey.

Collecting seeds.
Touching a shoulder.

Fixing cars.
Catching planes.
Learning to cook.
Changing a tire.

Savoring creation.

Brushing hair. 
Baking bread.
Writing an essay.
Paying taxes.

Ladling soup.
Planting rice.
Performing surgery.
Driving a cab.
Providing for a debt.
Enjoying just being...

"He completes Me."
"She completes Me."

We are complete in Jesus, and as His Holy Spirit headquarters Himself in us, we go out to be about the Father's business, wherever we are, whoever we are. We go and do and say and be as His Spirit leads, and we are Jesus with all kinds of different skin on in this world.  Jesus is present to someone as a 55 year-old half-Asian woman.  A thirteen year-old Kenyan brother.  A Korean businessman in New York.  A Hewa mother in Papua, New Guinea.  Jesus is all over the place!

Sometimes my own world feels pretty small, but as a thread in His design, it is the absolute right world. Every act and word done in and by Him will remain and have some measure of eternal notice and significance.