Monday, February 20, 2012

A Thought

“As servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger …”  2 Corinthians 6:4-5

Every time I read such passages as these in which the apostles, in this case St Paul, endured so much just to bring Good News to the Gentiles and to the Jews; I am left to wonder how many of us would be willing to face such challenges and dangers to do the same thing.  Facing all kinds of obstacles imposed not only by the pagan states but the people who maybe worshipped multiple gods and the Jews who were waiting on a Messiah but not Jesus, these apostles were charged not with a burden but with an honor and a joy!  It seems nowadays the only “news” we are so eager to share is gossip.  THAT we will go out of our way to share! 

Maybe the news of Christ is no longer “news” but is, instead, just something that “is”.  Maybe it is that we are so self-involved with a “personal relationship” that we forget the Lord did not give of Himself so abundantly that we would run and bury it, thus keeping it to ourselves like the third servant in the parable of the talents (Matthew 25).  Or maybe it is that we are just not that excited about it anymore … if we ever were. 

Hopefully we can remember that the Lord did not give up on His beloved which is why Christ came when He did, refusing to take us for granted and certainly not willing to lose sight of His own Covenant.  Maybe we should be compelled to ask ourselves: if it is not good enough to tell, maybe it’s just not that good.  Is it?


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