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Sounds Incredible!

Not to do My Own Will, but to do the Will of the One who sent Me (John 6:38) The Commemoration of the All Faithful

It sounds incredible, but it really happened:

A man walks into a doctor’s waiting room. He has an appointment. What he sees takes him by surprise. All the other patients in the waiting room are sitting in their underwear. After a brief time of surveying the strange situation, the man slowly removes his outer garments, neatly places them next to the other patients’ clothing, and then takes a seat.

It sounds incredible, but the following also really happened:

A man enters an elevator. He seems a little confused to see that all the other passengers are facing the back wall, even though there is no door at the back of the elevator -- just a wall. After a moment’s hesitation, the man does exactly what the others are doing: he faces the back wall.

These were two episodes shown in the popular TV series of the 60’s and 70’s: “Candid Camera.” The show was meant to produce laughs by secretly filming the reactions of unsuspecting “victims” to bizarre situations. But beyond the humor, the “Candid Camera” show was a devastating commentary on our willingness to conform.

How quickly and easily we model ourselves after the behavior of the world around us! How readily and willingly we conform to other people's standards! How meekly and obediently we respond to the sales pitches telling us to buy this or that and life will be beautiful! And, regrettably, how stubbornly and arrogantly we resist the Gospel Truth that nothing short of conforming to God's Will can transform our lives into things of beauty.

"I have come from Heaven, not to do My Will but to do the Will of the One who sent Me," says the Lord.

The Creator God who sent Jesus down from Heaven is the same Creator God who brought us into being. We're here on earth because God wants us to be here. And that's incredible -- incredibly Good News!

Like Jesus, we're here not to do our will but to do the Will of the One who sent us! We're here, as the Apostle John tells us, to obey God's commands ...

"To love," John has written, [...]

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Empathy

George Gershwin, one of the greatest 20th Century composers, discovered that to be truly human you must “feel” yourself into the life of others, you must share their humanity with your own. Oscar Levant once asked Gershwin, “Tell me, George, if you had it to do over, would you fall in love with yourself again?” In that sort of mood, Gershwin composed the light and airy jazz for which he became famous and wealthy—”Rhapsody in Blue,” “Concerto in F,” “American in Paris.” But, at a party in his honor, one of the speakers pointed out that an important element was missing from Gershwin’s music: “The legacy of sorrow.” “George, you never have experienced the note that springs from the deepest stirrings of the human race,” the speaker said. “You have never experienced the suffering in which the music of the really great composers is seeded. The long drip of human tears, my dear George . . . they fertilize the deepest roots of art.” Gershwin couldn’t forget those words. He began to feel for others as he never had before. He got beyond himself, and, in a surprising way, found himself. He stopped work on contracts he had for a quarter-million dollars. And he wrote what is now universally recognized as his masterpiece — the story about the love of a crippled beggar for a poor woman named Bess: “Porgy and Bess.”

Messiah, Second Coming

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