With the exception of some deeply religious hypocritical leaders, people really liked hanging out with Jesus. And it wasn’t just because of the cool miracles.
Plenty of people really liked having Jesus around because he always made people and situations better. Funerals and wedding parties… better. A trip to the well by a licentious women… better. Worship in the temple… better. A party with drunks and prostitutes… better. Walking down a dusty road… better. Fish fry at the lake… better. Every person, every situation, every moment was better because Jesus was there.
Jesus was there, so life was there. Hope was there. Love was there. Encouragement was there. Peace was there. Truth was there.
What about us?
There is never a time or a moment where our presence does not have the potential to have an effect on the people we come in contact with.
How do conversations shift when you join in? How does your home change when you walk in the door? How is work different because you’re there? How does your presence in your faith community change? How is your neighborhood or community affected because you are there?
If we’re anything like Jesus, they’ll all be better.