Summary: 1. Jesus knew that He would have been accused of partiality by giving favorable treatment to the rich young ruler over the woman at Jacob's well.
1. Jesus knew that He would have been accused of partiality by giving favorable treatment to the rich young ruler over the woman at Jacob's well. Surely, Jesus understood all of the elements of social-cultural norms and the intricacies of personalities, but He chose to objectively address all people with truth, facts and principles that could transcend all cultures and personality types.
2. Jesus knew that individuals tend to subjectively be drawn to others with similar cultural and personality traits. The Lord wanted to leave behind an example of treating people according to an agape love that was not conditioned on favorable subjective feelings or common traits. Jesus said, "By this will all men know that you are my disciples because you have love for one another." (John 13:34,35) It is not necessary to like someone before you can love with the power of the Holy Spirit.
3. Jesus knew that certain ethnic groups would tend to limit the spread of the gospel because of their ethnocentric tendencies. The sovereignty of God allowed the Jewish temple to be destroyed in 70 AD and this put the onus of responsibility of the 18,000 Gentile people groups of the world to take the gospel to all the nations. Whenever ethnic groups start to feel superior or they try to isolate themselves from others, the Lord will allow circumstances to press them into integration with a wider ethnic diverse exposure.
4. Jesus stayed with the facts in every conversation. He wanted to stress the priorities of truth that would effect people with the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. The Lord knew that certain personalities and ethnic groups are known for their tendencies to become angry, fearful, emotional, jealous, envious, greedy, sullen, resentful, bitter, impure, selfishly ambitious, divisive, argumentative, revengeful, factious, slanderous, bureaucratic, legalistic, traditionalistic, humanistic or spiritistic. Our Lord wanted to help people to lift their focus on things above rather than on things that are on the earth. (Col. 3:1-4)
5. Jesus did not allow Himself to be dragged into arguments over cultural or personality non-essentials. The Lord put His attention squarely on the essentials for helping people grow in all aspects in Christ. (Eph 4:15)
6. Jesus practiced self-control in not allowing Himself to get so angry or fearful that He was led more by emotions that factual truth. When the disciples were being tossed about by the winds and waves, they cried, "Master, Do you not care that we are perishing?" (Mark
4:34-37) He calmly arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Quiet, be still!" Then the wind died down and it became completely calm." Our Lord never allowed circumstances, cultural tendencies or personality weaknesses to distort His view of God's will.
7. Jesus disciplined Himself for the purpose of Godliness since He knew it was profitable for all things. (I Tim. 4:7,8) Dr. Luke wrote of Jesus, "Jesus, increased in wisdom (In broad and full understanding) and in stature and years, and in favor with God and man." (Luke 2:52) Our Lord practiced self-discipline so that He did not succumb to the temptations to make decisions based upon cultural or personality preferences.
8. Jesus knew what was in man, but He did not trust people because He knew their sinful human nature. Our Lord could read men's hearts and motives. He did not need anyone to bear witness concerning peoples' cultural tendencies or their personality traits because He knew that all cultures and personalities need to know and obey the truth. (John 2:25) Ask the Lord for the ability to teach people essential truths that are equally vital to all cultures and personality types. Avoid the error of depending on certain cultures or personalities, since Godliness is the great goal of everyone.
9. Jesus wanted everyone to know that He was an austere man who expects all cultures and personalities to produce spiritual fruit. Our Lord judges with perfectly just accountability. In the parable of the ten talents the master said, "I will judge you by your words_ you knew, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow. Why then didn't you put my money on
deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?" (Luke 19:22,23) Ask the Lord for the ability to help every culture and personality type to be accountable with what they are given, regardless of their circumstances.
10. Jesus resisted the temptation to judge by human standards. He said, "You Pharisees judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me." (John 8:15,16) The Lord made all decisions based on God's truth. Ask the Lord for the ability to overcome our human tendency to judge on the basis of culture or personality type. Only the Holy Spirit can give a person the ability to rise above the human desire to evaluate people according to human rules, laws or view points. Paul wrote, "The spiritual man tries all things (He examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things), yet he is not subject to any man's judgment. For
we have the mind of Christ." (I Cor. 2:15,16) May the mind of Christ our Savior, live in you through everyday. By His love and power controlling all you do and say!