Behavior Modification 2
So, what is the question? In part one, in the Dinteman reference, he said “discipleship is only meaningful and possible because it is an answer to who God is and what God is doing.” How do we become disciples?
Let’s take a look at an old story I’m not sure many of us are all that familiar with. We all likely have heard of King David – the man after God’s own heart, and how he transformed Israel into a great kingdom of power and wealth. What we may not know, other than that Goliath story, is that David was hunted for many years by the king before him, Saul (not to be confused with the Saul who became Paul in the New Testament). Saul was relentless and David lived in the desert, hid in a cave, and this went on for years. David had to leave the country for a time and hid with his enemies to escape Saul’s rage and intense focus on ridding him of David.
Now you can read the whole story in 1 Samuel 18 to the end of that book. Then we come to 2 Samuel 1 and David learns Saul and his son Jonathan were killed in a battle with the Amalekites. Now likely you or I would be jumping up and down with joy and wiping our brows saying phew God is good.
Not David, he “and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and tore them. They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan.” 2 Samuel 1:11-12 (NIV). The Contemporary English Version makes it plain – David and his men tore their clothes in sorrow.
Now the text does not make it absolutely clear, but there is enough about David to come to the conclusion he saw Saul not as some crazy man with a singular focus on wiping him out, but maybe David actually saw him as someone in great need of grace. Maybe David saw him through God’s eyes.
Maybe we can come to a place where we can step back from our anger and hurt, and maybe see that person as someone who may be battling some demons of his/her own. Maybe we can see a little bit as to why that person acts/acted the way they did – not that we have to say okay then or its alright, just that we try to be in a place where we see through their eyes for a moment. Then maybe we can listen to Jesus and begin to make that prayer for our enemies (Matthew 5:44)
Maybe we can sort of put on the mind of Christ – hmmm, thinking that is what that being transformed is all about. Worth thinking about some.
What do you think?
Be blessed and be a blessing.