A Reluctant Apprentice

A Reluctant Apprentice

September 17

Read: JONAH 3:10–4:11

Ah, Jonah, what a lesson in how not to live the merciful Christ life.

I (Rick) am always hesitant about those binary statements that begin, “There are two kinds of people….” But in this case, it may be true: there are the merciful and the unmerciful. The default of merciful people is kindness, always giving people the benefit of the doubt. Then there are the unmerciful: no benefit of the doubt, little grace, the “people should get what they deserve” kind of folks.

Which am I? Which are you?

Now, I’m a pastor. I care about people. But then I think of just how judgmental I can be, how quick to criticize, how quick to say, usually to myself, “Hey, who do they think they are?” What am I really in this regard, the merciful one I think I am? Or not?

Thankfully, the lesson from Jonah is, of course, not a lesson regarding a reluctant prophet, but a lesson regarding a very unreluctant Father.

Kind and merciful God, make me more like you. AMEN.

About the Author

Rick and Gail Mylander are lifelong Covenanters. They are currently serving at Bethlehem Covenant in Minneapolis where Rick is transitional lead pastor, but are members of Newport Covenant Church in Bellevue, Washington.

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