“A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!” (Matthew 10:24-25)
It is good to remind one’s self every once in a while that Jesus was in a human body, and did have some human feelings and emotions – perhaps the highest and best of human feelings and emotions. After all, Jesus was God, and humans were made in the image of God. So when Jesus tells his disciples that the way he is maligned, they will be maligned too may be a result of him feeling the sting of the censure placed on him.
“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known.” (Verse 26)
But that does not mean one should shy aware from living for Jesus and God; but instead speak about it openly and often.
“What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Verses 27 – 28)
While Jesus alludes to it in vague terms, I tell you openly beloved reader – the only one who can harm you is the one who threatens you eternal life, the life and world after this one. The Lord God knows, and Jesus Christ knows, that there are things to fear in this world. But we should not let that fear dissuade us from the Christian life we know we ought to live.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. “Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.” (Verses 29 – 33)
We live in trying times beloved reader. And each seems that with each year that passes and each event that comes upon us leaves us more bewildered and confused. My own denomination is trying to sort out the implications of our present, and how they should respond to it. Good people are divided over what is best to do. And no one can claim that there way is best. For that, we must look to our Lord God and Jesus Christ. And hope & pray that we can interpret correctly the example laid down for us.
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” (Verses 33 – 39)
As much as we love family and friends, as much as we are devoted to church and our faith group, as much as we believe in whichever political ideology we espouse to – it cannot and should not dissuade us from the faith journey we are called to. And yet, how can we claim one faith journey is more valid than the other? It is an unsolvable question that we optimistically hope we can find an answer to. But I believe as long as we remain open to search for the best possible answer, we will not go to far astray. Selah!