A Reluctant Apprentice
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.