Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Thought

“Consider [Jesus] who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”  Hebrews 12:3

Everyone has a bad day from time to time, and it is sometimes especially so for those who work diligently in the faith to serve as witnesses to what is good and right and holy.  Yet there are always those moments and those persons who will not only resist what is offered but will sometimes become hostile as if they are somehow being threatened.  And maybe they are, at least in their own minds and within their own personal realms, threatened to the extent that they discover that our Lord does not seek to make us comfortable with or justify us in our sins.  Rather our Lord calls us out of and away from a life of and bondage to sin so that we may be justified before our Holy God to a much better life with a much greater promise than merely the next moment.

We must try to remember that the Son of God was rejected, even to the point of death, because the religious leaders of His day did feel genuinely threatened; not because they were offended in their own sense of righteous and pure religion (though it was their excuse) but because they attempted to use their own sense of religion to justify their own lofty social status.  They did not want to serve; they only wanted to be served.  They did not want to repent and follow; they wanted to be followed. 

This is not so for disciples of the Risen Christ!  We are called to serve just as our Lord sought to serve.  So let us seek to serve (without being self-serving!) with due diligence and with the faith and confidence that we are in Good Company!


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