Are you avoiding the #awkward?
causing or feeling uneasy embarrassment or inconvenience.
We've all been there.
That moment when your mate's joke bombs. When you forget someone's name. When you mistake a stranger for your dad (true story).
Awkward moments make us cringe. So we’d normally do well to avoid them.
Except us Christians aren't normal. We're commanded to walk in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus (Mark 8:34). And he seemed to knowingly walk headlong into these sorts of situations.
In the gospels we see that Jesus' life was full of awkward moments. Like that time when Jesus was eating with tax collectors and sinners and the Pharisees turned up (Mark 2:15).
Or when Jesus was teaching and his family came to take him home because they thought that he’d gone crazy (Mark 3:21).
Was that tumbleweed, anyone?
Yes, it was. And the awkward news for us is that, as Jesus says, ‘a servant is not above his master’ (John 15:20).
Following Jesus will mean walking towards awkward situations. That moment you see a strange looking guy standing on his own after church and you know you should go over.
Or that opportunity you have to mention the gospel to a colleague and you’re tempted to talk about the new Strictly series instead.
Whether it’s being like Jesus or speaking about him, following him will involve awkwardness – something I often try to avoid because of my 'feeling of uneasy embarrassment.’
But in our embarrassment, we have to remember that Jesus’ boldness to break social convention didn’t put people off.
It did the opposite. People flocked to him.
So be like Jesus. Be bold to break social convention. Being a follower of Jesus will mean following him into those uneasy situations.
And we don't need to feel any awkwardness about that.