John answered, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not follow with us.” But Jesus said to him, “Do not stop him, for the one who is not against you is for you.” When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. Luke 9:49-52
Today I had to watch G.I. Joe Retaliation at work because someone somewhere had not done his work properly. Of course I had no intention to enjoy that movie. Even its title sounds non-christian. However there are good things in that movie and I kind of like it. It talks about loyalty, spiritual family, perseverance and endurance.
The good characters are so good. They understand that when you are in trouble you need to run home. And you will always be welcome there whatever you have done and whoever you are. You have always a place where to hide and be protected because you are part of the family.
The bad characters are so bad. They are not a family. They are not even friends. They are together because they share the same interests and because they need one another. The day you stop being useful, you are not welcome anymore and the others will kill you with joy.
How many times did you feel rejected when you were not needed anymore? How many times did people just call you, write to you, contact you just because they wanted something from you? And when they could not have it, they forgot about you? How many times did you feel used and abused by people pretending loving you? I can’t even count them. My heart aches when I think of it.
But how many times did I do the same to others? How many times did I call someone just because I needed him or her? How many times did I fight for a relationship because I had something to earn? How many times was I the bad of the movie? I don’t know because I don’t want to remember how evil I can be. But the truth is that I hurt people as much as I am hurt.
So what can we do? Despaired? Wallowed in self-pity? No, for we have hope. We can look at Jesus and take refuge in Him when people treat us in those hurting way and be comforted (John 8:1-11). We can look at Him when we treat others in those ways and learn to love them as we are loved (John 13:34).
This morning, before the movie, I was wondering what “Jesus is the solution” really means? And this is certainly a part of the answer.