Sunday, August 25, 2013

August 25 (Matthew 11:5-6)

[T]he blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.  And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.  (ESV)
When asked by the disciples of John the Baptist whether He were the one they had been waiting for, Jesus did not give a straightforward answer.  He simply pointed to the things He had done and left it for them to decide for themselves.  Then He said something strange.  “And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”
Who could be offended by the healing of people or the raising of the dead?  Apparently Jesus could see into our lives today, for a great many of us seem offended by Him and His works.  We would not say we are offended, but we certainly are hesitant to share the things He has done in our lives and the lives of others.  We will tell a friend about a fifty cents off coupon, but we hold back on talking about Jesus for fear of…what do we say?  Offending someone.  We are the ones who are offended by Jesus when we think anything about Him might be offensive to someone else.
What part of the life and teaching of Jesus most offends you?  To put it another way, what part of the life and teaching of Jesus are you most hesitant to share with others?  We need to ask God to heal our hearts of their fear so they can embrace the courage He gives us to do His will. 
Father, this is difficult to admit, but there are certain things about Jesus that I am hesitant to share with those around me.  I confess that I worry about how I will be heard and what the reaction of my friends will be.  Heal me of this fear and fill me with the strength of Your Holy Spirit.  I want to be an ambassador for Christ.  In the name of Him Who faced not just fear but death for me, amen.

Copyright © 2013 by Steven R. Perkins

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