Do you ever thing about the costs of being a follower of Jesus? I don’t think about it very often that is until persecution comes my way. Being put down, bullied, ostracized, shut out, looked at with those eye rolls or side glances, it’s no fun. Has it ever happened to you? It has to me on many occasion. One holy priest told me, if you are getting persecuted you must be doing something right. I’ve found that to be a good encouragement when persecution comes my way. The converse of that for a Christian might be, if I’m not facing any persecution, am I really speaking truth or living out my Christian faith? Good question. Continue reading
“A people living in darkness has seen a great light.” —Matthew 4:16
When I was a kid, on the Feast of Epiphany, I had the esteemed job of moving the three king figures from our family manger scene into the barn to bring their gifts to Jesus. Funny thing was one of glass kings had a foot problem. Not sure if he had a broken foot or the figure was just flawed in some way, but he always tipped forward. A 30-second task turned into many minutes of frustration trying to finagle that king into a position to keep him standing up, rather than falling down flat on his face in front of Jesus.
“The field is the world.” —Matthew 13:38
The field is the world. “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son” to give up all that He owned, purchase that field, and die in agony on His cross so the field and its inhabitants might not perish, but have everlasting life (Jn 3:16; Mt 13:44).
The field is full of people. Jesus loves all people, for they are made in His image and likeness (Gn 1:27). To Jesus, this field of humanity is a treasure. He gave all He had to purchase this field (Mt 13:44). Jesus treasures us, and where His treasure lies, there His heart is (Lk 6:45).