Stop "Being" Jesus

This week, I'd like to simply share the words of someone else. What do you do when a published author and sought-after professor uses the art form of his words to portray a thought that you have been preaching by word and deed for eight years? You sigh, "Yes, please," and kindly step aside. These are the words of Abilene Christian University Professor of Psychology Dr. Richard Beck from a recent chapel session at ACU. He shares stories of people he chooses to rub elbows with on a weekly basis. After reflecting on a story from the life of Jesus, he offers a challenge to the way we Christians tend to apply our faith to interacting with the marginalized.


Dr. Beck finds some interesting people during his week. He finds a prisoner who--like Jesus--identifies with the woman at the well. He finds a widower who--like Jesus--is a man of sorrows. By choosing to see the overlooked, he finds Jesus.

Does the world need Jesus? Sure. But for me to think that he's not in a place until I get there is frankly, presumptuous and arrogant. Scripturally, we do not have admonitions to "be Jesus," but to be imitators of him (Ephesians 5:1) and to follow the example of others following him (1 Corinthians 11:1). And in the account of Mark referenced in the video (Mark 9:36-37), Jesus tells us one great place to find him: in the overlooked.