Jesus’ teaching often sounds better than it feels.
At present, I am having to respond to several church members who have a different agenda than I do for one of our church programs. Moving forward through the differences is creating all kinds of tensions. Sometimes it’s downright painful.
One of the things that keeps me going is the conviction that following Jesus will frequently produce tension. I used to think that such tensions indicated that I was doing something wrong. Now I think it’s normal.
Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor in Spirit.”
Our culture rewards those who look out for number one.
Jesus says, “The merciful will be blessed.”
Our culture says, “Sue those who offend you.”
Jesus says, “Don’t store up for yourself treasures on earth.”
Our culture says, “Go for the gusto. You only go around once in life.”
The culture says. Jesus says. The culture says. Jesus says. What a battle we find ourselves in!
In today’s verses Jesus increases our call to a life of tension as he asks us to take the role of servants. However, the tension leads to blessing from God that brings an inner satisfaction that the world can know nothing about.
Write down the tensions you experienced this week in seeking to be a faithful Christian. Give over each one to the Lord and ask him to show you ways that he is using those struggles as channels of his blessing. Write down your insights and impressions.
Abiding in Christ’s Love