Tuesday, May 06, 2003

Edifier du Jour-John 15:18-23 (NASB)
18 "If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 "If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. 20 "Remember the word that I said to you, 'A slave is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 "But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me. 22 "If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 "He who hates Me hates My Father also.
Eileen and I were reading in John 15 in our evening devotional; this passage shows why we have more football tragics than Jesus tragics. For those who are not ready to look towards God, we are a reminder that they're not right with Him. We point a flashlight on things that they'd rather not be seen and think about things that they'd rather not think about. They'd rather talk about the weather or how the Bucs did or even politics before they'd want to talk about drawing closer to God. As someone who suffered badly from rejection as a youth, I've yet to fully internalize the idea that people are rejecting God, not yourself, when you evangelize. The message is binary-do an 180 and come to Jesus or go to the one place that will always lack a non-smoking section. People would prefer a third or forth option; why can't the really goodie-goodies get the first class seats in Heaven while us pretty-good schmucks can settle for coach. Sorry, still no non-smoking section in Hell and Heaven's all first class. People don't want to hear that and they'll take it out on the messenger.

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