A Little Uncomfortable
February 28, 2018
"Some of His disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, 'As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.'" Vss. 5-6 (NIV)
Reading: Luke 21:5-19
Reflection by Molly Simpson
On car trips, there comes a point in which my kids tell me that they are uncomfortable in their booster seat or that their seatbelt is bothering them. My response is generally something like, "You have to say buckled—your life is more important to me than your comfort at this moment."
I imagine Jesus saying something similar to me when I read passages like this one from Luke 21. But Jesus, this sounds kind of scary, a little uncomfortable. Are you sure? And then I remember friends serving as missionaries in Turkey and the real danger they would be in if the wrong person learned that they are sharing Christ with their neighbors.
I am reminded that the truth about Jesus Christ is offensive to some people today, and that earnestly following Jesus isn't always easy. It comes with self-denial, an invitation to love our enemies, and a demand that we take up our cross.
But with Jesus' hard words comes a promise, "stand firm; you will win life."
Prayer: Lord, help me to have real faith in You, especially when following You gets hard. Show me what it means to win life. Amen.
Action Point: Consider the cost of following Jesus. Are you able to stand firm when challenged?