Glimpses of grace seen in the everyday

After Jesus used his power to cast out a bunch of demons from a wild man into a herd of pigs, how did the villagers respond?  They begged him to go away and leave them alone! (Matthew 8:34)

After Jesus exposed the shameful secrets of an outcast Samaritan woman and revealed His own true identity, how did the villagers respond?  They believed and begged him to stay on and teach them!  (John 4:39-40)

Jesus always created a stir wherever He went.  The response of people depended on what was in their hearts.  And sometimes the most favorable response was from the most unlikely—a bunch of Samaritans whom the disciples would have just as soon avoided in the first place. 

He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
                                                                                                                           (John 1:10-12 NLT)

What is my own response, and yours, to Jesus, really?  There can be no neutral ground.

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