Monday, August 16, 2010

Pentecost 12 (Proper 15)

Today's readings were Jeremiah 23:23-29, Hebrews 12:1-13, and Luke 12:49-53.

We are sometimes tempted to throw in the towel with regard to faith. Should
we? No! We should keep running, sobered by the poor examples of some who gave
up, now atheists. Christ isn't easy - in Him is a seemingly endless list of
paradoxes. Right-versus-left-hand kingdoms. Internal conflicts due to our sinful
nature. Desire for heaven but being stuck on earth. Our weakness making way for
the strength of Christ. Living for self, dying for Christ. Being winsome for Him
but also not keeping company with unbelievers.

In addition, we are to expect, endure, and rejoice in hostility and
difficulty, for Christ laid His own example there for us. Christianity is indeed
a life of conflict! But through it all, remember to look at Christ, preach the
truth in love, forgive others, and be ambassadors for Christ, presenting Him as
He is to people as they are. This is indeed a fine line, but it is also the
racetrack He has set before us. So keep your eyes on the prize, which is Christ
Jesus.

Special mention: a website set up and maintained by a strong, wonderful Christian, whom I had the pleasure of meeting and listening to this week! Go read her site, Follow His Footprints.

Soli Deo gloria.

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