Our Daily Bread, on Human Chess

Doesn’t the angry-looking little man above just rankle you? Even just a bit? Chances are, you see him as a bill-collector and nothing more. But maybe he’s just a kindly old grand dad who hates his job, from which he’s planning to retire next week, if people like you don’t give him a heart attack before then.

Bill Crowder, in today’s ODB, made a strong statement against Christ-followers using people. Even those of us who try to emulate our Savior sometimes fall into the trap of marginalizing those with whom we routinely do business, especially undesirable kinds of business.

I’m sure none who read this have to deal with tax auditors, bill collectors, or even difficult service people, but if you ever do, how would you relate to them? Would you deal with them in a friendly manner? Or would you treat them as functionaries, looking through them to the purpose you wish to accomplish.

This isn’t simply a theoretical principle for me, as I am in the midst of negotiations with my landlord regarding some issues of my own doing. I feel like avoiding confrontation, ignoring her as is my passive-aggressive tendency. But if I am to obey my Savior’s mandate to love my enemy—even though she isn’t my enemy—I must treat her with careful consideration. Honestly, this is hard for me, even though I like to project the image of a, “nice guy.”

We must remember that a person with duties and feelings resides behind every job-doer; whether he or she has to issue a traffic citation, a summons, or an eviction notice, that is a soul that needs to know Jesus’ love, and you or I may be the only Jesus they have ever met.

1 John 4:7-11 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.

Does that describe you and me? Or are we just playing games with the people for whom Jesus died?


4 thoughts on “Our Daily Bread, on Human Chess

  1. MT…thanks for the reminder; we do forget that sometimes don’t we? My job takes me in multiple homes each day for the work I do for them. It is amazing how many homes are obviously Christian homes, but guys like me get treated, as you said, like functionaries. It’s sad, because most of the guys who do what I do are quite lost, and a Christian just being nice and friendly could be just the needed thing. And, it’s even worse when it’s a PREACHERS house you are in..and he acts like a jerk. Thanks for your post!

    • And thank you for the comment, Wally. I try to remember that we all have blind spots, but I still get frustrated by brethren who don’t take their walk with Jesus seriously, as in allowing Him to change them.


  2. We don’t just project the image of a, “nice guy or gal.” Jim we become one in Christ Jesus by putting our carnal flesh to death and we will than walk in genuine Love which does not have fleshy pride or do we feel we have the right to project ourselves as though we are better than others, we are saved by Grace but nor do we need to feel we are less than others regardless of who or what they are.

    Galatians 24 -26 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

    2 Corinthians 7: 1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

    Jesus tells us to give to Caesar what is his and this needs to be our priority, we are not doing those we owe money to a favor, we are doing what we are suppose to do, if we can’t pay them what is owing we humble ourselves, apologize and seek to do so as soon as possible, not make excuses or think it is our right to keep them waiting.

    Christian Love – Anne

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