Malinda Fuller wrote a piece over at Relevant that dives into the modern notion of hustling to succeed with who Jesus was in his context.
I’m not sure I agree entirely with Malinda’s concluding paragraphs. I think there’s a balance to be struck. It’s easy to cast Jesus as the meditative nomadic wanderer, but something about him drew Peter, James, John, and nine other rather driven and rough men to follow him.
Having said that, I do love how Malinda illustrates from Jesus’ life that he focused on serving people, on taking time to rest, and on understanding his unique role rather than trying to be someone else.
She makes a lot of good points, such as…
If Jesus were to live in today’s culture, it’s doubtful that He would don a #hustler t-shirt and strive for a million Instagram followers. He would more than likely be found sitting on the street corner and giving the homeless man His attention, a warm meal, and the shirt off His back. He would probably look less like the wanna-be social media celebrity hustling hard for people’s recognition and approval, and more like the woman who bakes bread for her ailing neighbor, or fosters children in obscurity.
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