My son said yesterday that my blog misses me, haha! Perhaps he is missing his scripture lesson. ;P
I’ve been reading lately in Matthew, chapter 10 to be exact. Jesus is such a great teacher, using repetition, stories, etc. In this chapter I’ve noticed how he balances one thing he says with another. (I use The Message here, but if you hover the mouse it’s the NLT that pops up; and if you click you can choose whatever version you like.)
We’re asked, as Christ-followers, to do some pretty difficult things. For example, putting up with people attacking us, as they did Jesus: “Don’t be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies. There’s nothing they can do to your soul, your core being…” (Matthew 10:28). He goes on to assure us that we are worth far more than the sparrows that God knows all about, and that every hair on our head is counted; so we shouldn’t “be intimidated by all this bully talk.”
Bully talk is one thing, but then there’s this: “Don’t think I’ve come to make life cozy…” (Matthew 10:34-37) But I like cozy! This section also tells us that we are not to prefer father or mother, son or daughter, over Christ. He says we are to “go all the way with me, through thick and thin”. Doesn’t sound like there’s any room for compromise!
In verses 40 to 42 he talks more about this “harvest-work”, and I love this phrase (from The Message): “Accepting someone’s help is as good as giving someone help.” How often we are too proud to ask for help!
But here’s where the balance comes in, at the end of the chapter:
“This is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.” (Matthew 10:42)
Wow. Thank You!