Considering Jesus Challenge
What Makes Us Angry?
Day 30, January 30, 2013, Wednesday:
“And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. And He said to them, ‘It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a robbers’ den.'” Matthew 21:12-13
I know I’ll probably regret this blog post as soon as it goes live, but I decided to try and be authentic to the entire “world” anyway. I found today’s challenge passage pretty convicting – agonizing actually.
Just for kicks I decided to list some of the things I get angry about, and while I don’t consider myself an angry person, I was shocked to see how stupid some of the things are.
Things that make me angry:
- When I’m late
- People who talk or text on their phones when they are in a meeting
- A flat tire or car problems
- Running out of gas because the last driver ran it down
- Sarcasm (yes, for those of you who know me, this is absolutely the pot calling the kettle black)
- People who are condemning
- Being misunderstood
- When someone leaves only one small spoonful of ice cream in the container
- When a basketball game preempts The Biggest Loser
- Reaching an intersection at 3 in the morning only to have the green light turn red but there’s no cross traffic
- When the Denver Broncos lose
- When John Elway traded Tim Tebow to the Jets only to have him treated like trash all season
Am I really this shallow?
Yes, unfortunately I am. Given that most of my list comes from self-pity or is outside of my control, I decided to try to list the things that made Jesus angry. Maybe I could learn something.
Things that made Jesus angry:
- Hindering children from seeking Jesus – Mark 10:14-15
- Hard hearts to the freedom Jesus offered – Mark 3:5
- Religious hypocrites – Matthew, chapter 23 (all of the chapter, Jesus really despised hypocrisy)
- Hijacking the worship of God with financial ambition and profit – Matthew 21:12-13
As I looked through Jesus’ accounts of expressing anger and thought about my own tendencies, it was immediately evident that I flash angry about personal insults and slights, rather than saving my anger for unrighteousness, hypocrisy, or things that are unjust.
I’m thinking my view of myself is a mite too big, and my understanding of what made Jesus angry and why is a mite too small.
Agonizing, simply agonizing.
What makes you angry? What is a better use for your anger?
Considering Jesus Challenge Passage for Tomorrow, January 31, 2013:
Well, everyone, tomorrow is our last day of the Considering Jesus 31-Day Challenge. Here is our last verse to meditate on.
“And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.'” Matthew 28:18-20
© Copyright, 2013 by Donna Tallman.