Relational Intersections: No Turn on Red
“Results” seminars promise big payoffs if you’ll but listen to their advice on how to intersect with just the right people.
For a measly $500 registration fee, they’ll generously give you a free 250-page book on how to meet the most important people in the world.
Social media experts will lead you to believe that they have that “one secret” that will intersect your message with just the right audience or “tribe.”
If someone were to ask me for the magic formula for meeting key people, I could only point them to the one gentleman that became legendary in his time…and ours.
Jesus just seemed to have all of the luck. His relational intersections were a virtual hall of fame of over-the-top “coincidences” that became famous encounters still talked and written about to this very day.
There was the blind man. Boom! Healed. That’ll be good for a couple millennia of headlines.
There was the clever attorney. Zap! The shrewdest rebuttal ever outlined in law school.
And we can’t forget the naked lady (no photos, please) who was caught in adultery and flung before him in the streets. Bingo! Forgiven.
Oh, there was the teacher of the law who sneaks into Jesus’ camp at night. Blow the shofar! Revelation.
O.K., O.K. Maybe it isn’t a coincidence that every relational intersection of Jesus’ life turned into a close encounter of a different kind.
What’s up with this?
Jesus wasn’t just chummy, didn't happen to bump into people and he wasn’t batting a lucky 1000. He just never takes a right-on-red at our most crucial intersections.
PORTAL TO HEAVEN: No relational specialist or social media guru could ever teach us how to meet the most important person in the world. Rather, the most important person in the world will show us how to meet the most important person to Jesus. That would be the person in front of us… and right where they are at.
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil…the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.
Ephesians 5:15,16 (KJV), 1 John 5:6 (NASB)