Here’s a funny conversation between Jesus and His disciples:
When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread. “Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” They discussed this among themselves and said, “It is because we didn’t bring any bread.” Matthew 16: 5-7
Hilarious! Don’t you think? Jesus was talking about the dangerous thinking and belief system of the Pharisees, but the disciples are thinking, “Who forgot to buy the bread!?” While I laugh at the disciples, I certainly see myself in their dim-witted understanding of what Jesus was actually saying. It forces me to ask myself the question – “Don’t I do the very same thing?” For instance, Jesus tells me, “Go and make disciples!” but I spend my time thinking, “What is a ‘disciple’ really?” or “Who exactly is supposed to go? Is Jesus talking to me or to His best trained, closest disciples?” Jesus simply says “Forgive up to 70 times 7” but I spend my time wondering, “What is forgiveness really?” Or Jesus says, “Sell everything you possess and come follow me” but I spend my time wondering, “What is ‘everything’?” or “Somebody, somewhere should try that sometime!”
I laugh out loud at the denseness I often see in Jesus original 12 disciples, but the fact is when I laugh at them, I’m really laughing at myself. How is this season of Lent revealing the dim-witted denseness of your own discipleship to Jesus?