Faith Mosaic.

Your faith won’t look like the faith of your neighbor. We love Jesus and we love people: but beyond that, God has wired us with a colorful diversity of connections to Him. All the people in the Bible experienced God in different ways through their varying personalities.

Moses saw the back of God’s glorious rear, while Elijah heard the still small voice of God after a mountain exploded.

Gideon was so doubtful he kept asking God to do weird things like burn up meat or throw water on a sheep rug; Jonathan was so confident that he provoked the Philistines to war without really consulting God.

King David was a pensive, ferocious poet with an ear for music and lyrics; Jeremiah and Habbakuk wept loudly for their people with tons of uncertainty.

Jonah hated ministry but went anyway; Isaiah said “Here am I, send me.”

Ruth bravely proposed marriage in hopes that God would provide; Leah desperately begged Jacob to provide her offspring. Noah was a drunken slob after all his trouble; Joseph re-affirmed God’s sovereignty though he had been left for dead by his brothers.

Peter was a brash thick-headed emotional hot-head who was ready for Jesus to unleash the Kingdom; Timothy was a sickly scared baby Christian who needed a lot of reassurance from Paul.

Martha was practical and efficient; Mary was relational and affective.

The Samaritan woman at the well needed a face-to-face encounter with Jesus; the Roman centurion trusted that Jesus had healed his sick servant from afar.

Nicodemus the Pharisee went to Jesus late at night to avoid peering eyes; all the blind beggars went to Jesus in front of everyone to have their eyes opened.

James & John expected Jesus to rain down fire on the enemy; Thomas doubted Jesus was ever the Messiah.

James the half-brother of Jesus was all about God’s commands and obedience; Paul spoke of grace abounding all the more.

Paul was the better writer but a weaker preacher; Peter was a fiery preacher for an ordinary fisherman. John was a loving patient sensitive man; Simon the Zealot was a political terrorist.

Matthew Levi had been a greedy tax collector who followed Jesus on the spot; Mark was there when Jesus was arrested and fled the scene naked.

In the end, Matthew and Mark wrote very different accounts of Jesus’s life and death, and so did Luke and John.

Yet each one fills out the other, just as so many different hues in a mosaic.

— J.S.

4 thoughts on “Faith Mosaic.

  1. Sometimes extreme characterizations can shake a person into seeing God at work in new ways. I do question your portrayal of Nicodemus, though. His night visit has been pictured as a result of fear, but since he openly begged for Jesus’ body I think it is more probable that he did his work with integrity and didn’t have time in the day to visit Jesus. Jesus did not challenge him on what to do, but that he hadn’t found the joy in God’s salvation as a spiritual event rather than an earthy one. Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s the way I see it. Despite that, keep shaking the padded pew until people fall on their feet – running.


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