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A Little More Like Him

Good morning. It is Friday, July 1, 2022. Jeanette Stark here.

"There is a story in the Bible where a 12-year-old girl had died; and as was custom in that day, people gathered outside the house and were crying."

I watched a 2-minute excerpt from a movie this morning. The title is Remember the Goal at

The woman speaking is sitting at a picnic table with 5 girls and telling them about this story. She went on to explain..."Jesus approached the home and asked the group why they were weeping. When he was told the girl had died, he said she is not dead, she is asleep. The group laughed at him and mocked him.

Why did people react this way to Jesus? Why the mocking and the scorning? Why the constant ridicule? Because Jesus did the exact opposite of what the world did. If the world was going one way, he was going in the opposite direction.

When you follow Christ, you are either going against the world or going in the opposite direction of it, but never with it."

Most are familiar with this story found in Mark 5.

Jesus "...came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying. Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement."

And they ridiculed Him.

We can't know for sure, but Jesus was more than likely mocked and teased and made fun of from the time he was a small boy. After all, he was born to a very young woman who became pregnant out of wedlock.

We know his hometown had a reputation "...“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” John 1:46 NKJV

We know He had all of hell and its fury warring against Him and yet He always responded with love and kindness. Isn't that amazing?

Regarding the movie trailer from earlier today, the actress went on to say, "one other thing about that story. After Jesus went and raised that girl from the dead, what did He do afterward? Did He go outside like a big shot and say, "What was that you were laughing at?" "What were you saying about me?" No. If I know Jesus, He slipped out the back door. Quietly. Saying nothing, although He could have said something. And that shows the great character and humility of Christ."

That's the kind of person we want to be like.

I can't help but think of a couple of songs that were practically lifted right off the pages of scripture.

The first song is "Change My Heart O God" and can be found in the book of Isaiah.

"Change my heart oh God

Make it ever true

Change my heart oh God

May I be like You...

You are the potter

I am the clay

Mold me and make me

This is what I pray..."

Isaiah 64:8 "But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand." NKJV

The second song is "Create in Me a Clean Heart" and can be found in the book of Psalm.

"Create in me a clean heart, O God

And renew a right spirit within me

Create in me a clean heart, O God

And renew a right spirit within me

Cast me not away from Thy presence, O Lord

And take not Thy Holy Spirit from me

Restore unto me, the joy of Thy salvation

And renew a right spirit within me"

Psalm 51: 10-11 "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation..."

That's why verses like these are so important to our lives. It shows us exactly what we need to do to be more like Jesus.

1) Our daily prayer should be for a clean heart, a new attitude and resolve.

2) Our daily action should be, get out of the way and let the Master Potter do His work.

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