Hi, welcome to Redeem the Commute. I’m Ryan, your host for the daily challenges. This week’s topic is part of our series called Jesus Is… where we’re trying to learn about the identity of Jesus, through studying some key stories in the Bible.
Our daily challenges are meant to help you explore what it means to follow Jesus, even if you don’t have a lot of time. We have a rhythm that keeps us in sync, even if we’re not a community that meets together in person regularly. Every Monday we introduce the week’s idea. Every Tuesday we study it in the Bible. Every Wednesday we see how that challenges and transforms our thinking on the topic. Thursdays we try to apply and live it out. Friday is a day for prayer and reflection before we take a rest on Saturday, and Sundays we meet together with others in community.
The most memorable moment at my wedding was when the preacher leaned over the pulpit and said to my wife and I, “You are not perfect people” in a condescending British accent.
It got a great laugh, but it was also great advice. We’ve reflected back on that many times over the years, remembering we’re not perfect, and everyone else knows it.
Sometimes we mortal humans need that reminder, because in our own minds and activities, we can sometimes act as if we are perfect.
My friend, who preached at the wedding, wasn’t telling us that to hurt us, or portray himself as perfect. Instead, it was to point us to Jesus, who was perfect. He wanted us to look to Jesus for perfection, not to ourselves, or each other.
We’ll always let ourselves or each other down. But Jesus is different – he was indeed perfect. We’ll explore a story this week where this was really apparent.
Question: When have been the moments you’ve realized you aren’t perfect? When was it most obvious to you, or others? How did you move on?
Meeting with a Group? Your discussion questions are in this week’s Group Study Guide