HWJS? Or… How Would Jesus Surf? That was the question I was forced to ask myself when some grommet dropped in on me a while back.
Well first things first, “even the wind and the waves obey him” (Mk. 4:41), and he could walk on water (Mk. 6:48), so it seems to me he has a somewhat unfair advantage! Imagine the barrel time you could get with that combo!
But what about his character? What kind of a surfer would Jesus be?
1.What if someone dropped in on him? He’d probably call them onto the next wave that was rightfully his as well! “If someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.”(Mt. 5:40-41)
2. Would he hustle for the best position in the line up? Probably not. I can certainly imagine him getting a couple of rides here and there but my guess is they’d come from the back of the pack and then maybe he’d cop the lucky third in a set as well.“The last will be first, and the first will be last” (Mt. 20:16)
3. Would he glare at every other surfer who paddled by? Probably not. In fact he’d probably be the guy who’s always asking, ‘How’s it gaa’n?’, or ‘Get’n a cupple?’ I can even see him befriending the odd tourist a.k.a. Samaritan if you catch my drift. “Be wise in the way you act towards outsiders; make the most of every opportunity” (Col. 4:5)
4. Would he scream in frustration every time he cooked a wave? Probably not. I can imagine him having the self-control not to yell at the top of his lungs as if the wave were responsible for his rookie mistake. “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires” (Jas. 1:19-20)
It won’t be easy to surf like Jesus, but as children of God who have his Spirit, I say we give it a go!
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