I’m sure you’ve heard of selective hearing and maybe you’ve even been accused of it. I think at times we all only hear what we want to hear and tune everything else out. I’ve been thinking about this concept a lot over the past week and have concluded that people are just generally selective.
If I stroll up to a beach with seaweed all over the place, there’s no way I’m getting in the water. But wrap that seaweed around a piece of fish with some rice and spicy mayo… I’m all about it!
If you roll up a bunch of paper and throw it out your car window, it’s called litter. But put “newspaper” on the top and supposedly you can leave it at the end of my driveway.
Watching fail videos of people falling is hilarious!… Until you’re the person busting your tail bone.
See, we’re selective.
My brother in law has a saying: “Same same, but different.” We can look at the same situation but select a different response depending on which side of the fence we are on. Was I the one who was sinned against? Then I choose justice! Did I make the mistake? Then I want mercy.
We willingly accept the grace made available because of Good Friday and Easter, but when others require that same grace from us, we’re reluctant to give it.
Jesus isn’t selective. He speaks truth to the rich and powerful as well as the broken and unclean. He shows the same grace to everyone, whether they kiss his check or wash his feet. He has no favorites, favors no one, and serves all.
And that can make us uncomfortable.
This week, as you prepare for Sunday, I’d encourage you to read the entire book of Jonah to get the full picture before we start breaking it down. See things from Jonah’s perspective and then stand on the Ninevites’ side of the fence. Are we really that different? Don’t we withhold grace and then praise God when we receive it?
What step do you need to take this week to better reflect Christ? Who do you need to extend grace to? Is there someone you need to share truth with? “Don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. (James 1:22)