Tuesday is for Thinking
- You have loved ones near the door of death. You want to comfort them. You want to tell them the truth. The truth might hurt.
- You have members of your family who are living in open sin or pursuing sinful plans. You want the best for them. You delight in every moment with them. The truth may separate you from them.
- Your neighbor is one of your best friends. Always looking out for you. Pleasant to be around. Someone you can count on. He doesn’t know Jesus. Mentioning Jesus will be awkward. Though it is neither your intent nor your heart, it might make him feel uncomfortable, even judged.
- Your teacher is a confident atheist unafraid to drop sarcastic comments into lectures that ridicule belief in Christ and Christians in general. Speaking up, however mildly, risks putting yourself in the cross hairs of their ire. It could also cost you some grade points. How will you love them for Christ’s sake and do what your Lord commands?
59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
Luke 9:59–60 (ESV)*
Not who you say your Lord is, but who your Lord really is. Do we live for the applause of men, the comfort of our surroundings, the grades we might get or lose, or anything other than the will of the One we follow? Gandalf’s words are on point for us.
“All we get to do is decide what to do with the time that is given to us.” —Gandalf
Let’s be found faithful proclaiming the Kingdom of God to the world and leave the results to Him whom we call, LORD. So what if the world hates us, if we are loved by Him who died for us. Some will believe, some will ask for more information, some will reject. It happened to Christ. And we servants are not greater than Him.
* preaching on Luke 9:57-62 this week.