Daily thoughts during this worldwide crisis.
“Are you him? Are you the one we have been waiting for or should we look somewhere else?” The followers of John the Baptist, who was in prison, asked Jesus on John’s behalf. This is the question that is answered in Matthew 11.
His answer is, “Tell John what you have seen and heard.” But then he gets to the issue that we still have today – never satisfied. Jesus said we behave like a bunch of children. “We piped to you and did not dance, we wailed and you did not mourn.”
Such attitudes leave us always looking for the next thing, not able to see or hear what is going on around us, and determining our value based on what we think of others. It is an exhausting way to live.
The verses below are the answer to John’s question. They are also sorely needed for us today.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
We all have a fantastic ability to take some things that Jesus said to us and immediately turn it on our fellow human beings without the first thought that it must be applied to us only and ever. Meaning that what Jesus said, for example in the Sermon on the Mount, if I am to be a citizen of his kingdom, is to be put into my life without every requiring it of you. This does not mean that I cannot introduce it to others and show them what it looks like.
There is never a reason for ME to say, “take the log out of your eye before you ask me to take the speck out of mine.” Jesus said it to both of us and that should suffice. The problem we have is that we simply do not trust God enough to keep our mouths shut when we should or to speak when we should.
We are witnessing what getting backward looks like. It looks like hypocrisy everywhere. It leads to everyone telling everyone else to get their act together. It leads to defensiveness and seeking to take back what belongs to us (our money that the rich have, our environment that they have destroyed, our jobs that “foreigners” have taken – we don’t have because someone has taken from me what I, by entitlement at birth, deserve).
When we stop blaming each other and changing the game from “who can I blame?” to “what can I do to help?”, we will begin to heal.
Know this, my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, for the anger of man does not work the righteousness of God. Therefore, put away all filthiness and rank growth of wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.