The Real Housewives of Jerusalem – Ian Amundrud
Confession: one time I watched The Real Housewives. Well, maybe a couple of times. For those of you that have a life and haven’t seen it, I’ll explain. It’s a reality TV show where wealthy women that have everything invite each other over to eat, drink, and be miserable. Gossip, betrayal and heated arguments are always on the menu. Easy ladies! I’m not slighting women. In fact the disciples in the bible were basically male versions of The Real Housewives. From the most exquisite wines – some bottled by Jesus himself – to heated disputes on who was the greatest. Drama followed them wherever they went.
The last supper is a perfect example. Jesus and his disciples threw a dinner party in “the upper room”, which almost sounds like a trendy restaurant in the city. Over dinner, the disciples bickered with each other over who was the greatest. Jesus instead humbled himself and washed the feet of the disciples. Later he went on to reveal that one of the disciples would betray him. He was referring to Judas, who for a bag of coins would turn Jesus over to be crucified. But wait, knowing Judas would stab him in the back, Jesus still washed his feet and ate dinner with him? Why?
Jesus said “… Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” (Luke 6:27-28). Yeah, that’s great for you Jesus, but if I found out one of my close friends was setting me up to be killed, inviting him for dinner and washing his feet would NOT come to mind. It would be at the bottom of my list. In fact, if I was Jesus I would call down lightning from heaven and fry up Judas like a piece of back bacon. I’m sure I’m not the only one. It’s human nature.
Thankfully I’m not Jesus, and thankfully our friends aren’t turning us over to be crucified. Still, we often experience some form of betrayal or mistreatment. It could be in a marriage or through a family member. Often it’s a co-worker or simply on the drive to work in the morning. We face challenges everyday. Are we going to respond out of our nature or His?
The bible calls us to be imitators of Christ. 1 John 2:6 “Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.” In other words, if our actions would be silly for Jesus then it should be silly for us. Let’s live in a place of surrender and allow God to grow us into his everything he has for us. “Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2). Instead of living like cast members of The Real Housewives, let’s live like Jesus.
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