If Jesus were present in the flesh, here and now, I wonder if he would offend me? I think he might.
Would he offend the Church?
Would he say things like " 'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.' ?
He said that once before to church people (Matthew 15:8-9 (New International Version)) and he might well say it to me.
I wonder if we would be challenged by his physical presence among us? Would he feel at home in the place we call "church?"
Would he say, "Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks?"
He said that to a nominal believer once, long ago (John 4:23 (New International Version)) Do I really know what he meant by "worship in spirit and in truth?"
Have I fully grasped Truth in my faith life?
Would I even use the term "faith life" if I had?
Have I integrated the truth I say I believe, into my life so fully that there are no hidden pockets where Jesus is not welcome? Let's just say there is room for improvement.
Yes, he offends me; I think he's supposed to. He makes me uncomfortable. He challenges me to greater depth; deeper understanding; fuller consecration; more complete surrender.
I acknowledge the compromise in my life and choose to leave it behind. I choose to press in for all that there is of God. I want his eyes to see through mine, my heart to beat in rhythm with his, my will to be in tune with his.
I'm moving over for God.
Philippians 3:7-9 (New International Version)
7 But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.