November 13, 2012

“The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.” Luke 10:16    

It is evident, based on this last election, that our country is very divided, with many strong opinions on both side. I wasn’t hesitant about letting folks know who I supported and why. I, like most people, participated in the election due to a sincere belief in the right direction for our country. That belief motivated many outside their comfort zone to become messengers for their canidate and let their voices and votes be heard. However, there are decisions that have eternal consequences, which are more important than the temporary leadership of a nation. Shouldn’t the eternal be a greater motivator than a presidential election or anything else that is temporal? Yet, the grip of this comfort zone is difficult to break. I am dismayed at my own hesitancy to be a messenger of the eternal. My hesitancy is borne of fear: fear of offending, embarassment, failure, an ackward silence, loss of a friend. What about the fear for a person’s eternal destiny? That fear should trump all others. We are messengers. If the message I present is rejected, it is not about me. God is the one being rejected. That matters and should break my heart. My feelings getting hurt is secondary. The fact that the feelings of the messenger becomes a factor in the delivery of the message is a testamony to the messenger’s own narrcissim. Let’s get over ourselves, pick up the urgency of our time, and speak the good news. That matters.

PRAYER: Lord, I thank you for saving me. Thank you for sending your own Son, in the likeness of sinful flesh for sin, to condemn the sin in me in order that I might be filled with your righteousness.  Lord, I pray for ___________, draw them to yourself. You have said that those who you reveal yourself to will know you (Luke 10:22). Please show yourself to these dear people that I am lift up before you. Give me the opportunity to speak your good news. Give me the courage to be faithful. Give me the words to speak. May you do your work through me and may your glory abound.  Amen

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