6th October 2012

Jesus Is The Antidote

“Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God.”
Hebrews 12:2-3 (MSG)

We as Christians are called to a life of faith, hope and charity. Life seems to be hard, busy and stressful, yet we hold on because of the promise we have in Jesus. He endured, set an example for us, and is ever present when we “walk through the valley of the shadow of death”.

We experience people who lie to us and about us, like they did about our LORD.  It is a horrible thing many of us have experienced, when someone lies, with both they and we knowing it is not true.  Often people are lying to get ahead, put you down, and protect themselves, or for any number of reasons.  Then they laugh because they believe they have got away with it. Yet we strive to speak and live the truth.  Regularly we encounter opposition, again like our LORD, through people who put us down for pleasure, to promote their own agenda, or deny us opportunities.  As Christians our modus operandi is to serve others and promote what is good, often giving people the benefit of the doubt!

Rejection is no stranger to us. Society seems to regard our views as dangerous, old-fashioned, controlling, and/or irrelevantonce more like our LORD. A colleague of mine said recently that Christianity is “experiencing low-grade persecution”. We may not be thrown in prison for our faith but we are told what is ‘acceptable’, with harsh penalties for non-compliance.  Despite all this, we strive to love and turn the other cheek.

Due to these and other factors, disappointment is never very far away from us, like a “man acquainted with sorrows”our LORD. We work hard, hope for the best, help others, etc., but seem to be left high and dry when the promotions, bonuses or recognition are handed out.  No matter what, we can remember the stories of Joseph, Job and Jesus, whose successes were measured in heavenly terms.

Whether it be lies, opposition, rejection or disappointment, we turn and look to our LORD. He is true, with us, accepting, and proud of his children, the perfect antidote to our ills.

Merciful Father, thank you once again for grounding us in the reality of Jesus. Help us today through your Spirit to endure our difficulties in life while enjoying the life you give us. In Jesus’ name.

Study by David Gibbs 

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