For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.
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People don't like change. For many people, they even fear change. They will change if the pain of not changing is great. They won't change if their fear is greater than their pain. The difference between the lives of the tax collectors/prostitutes vs. the chief priests/elders is that the first group's life pain had reached a level greater than their fear. The second group were more afraid than they were in pain. Very often, the first step toward healing and wholeness is being honest about the pain and our deep need for redemption. If we are more afraid of the changes that will happen by following Jesus, than we are of living with the pain of our sin, then we are in a very dark and lonely place. The light always hurts when it is suddenly turned on, but it is better quickly.
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Holy God, give us the courage to examine our fear and seek the wholeness that you offer. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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