“Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.”
Rather, it was those who thought the least of themselves who were the ones who fell before Jesus in need of the mercy and grace that only he could provide. They were the rejected, the outcasts. They were the humble, the hated, the afflicted, the somber, the destitute, the sober-minded, the desperate, the needy, the shamed, the distraught, the weak, the rebellious, the awakened, the sinner……
“And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.”
At some point, there will come a time in everyone’s life when we will be brought to our knees….
Will we call upon Jesus and seek deliverance? Or will we keep fighting a losing battle?
Redemption cannot be had outside submission. Those who facilitate (and are seduced) by the prideful, boastful schemes of men will need to undergo a violent awakening (likened to Saul of Tarsus’ conversion on the road to Damascus) to be made receptive to these hard realities. A seared conscience is a tragic thing.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
Jesus wasn’t an activist. He’s not merely an icon or a mythical concept. He didn’t befriend rulers or seek world domination. He didn’t lead global economic conferences or promise to end human suffering. He did not seek the approval of the masses or the respect of kings. He didn’t seek earthly utopia or the liberation of the oppressed. He did not endorse secularly enforced/governmentally endorsed wealth redistribution.
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
Jesus diagnosed our problem as one of a spiritual nature and offered himself as the remedy. I think it’s time us Christians, true and so-called, cease placing our own works and conditions upon Him.
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
Do our acts of obedience flow from a desire to reflect and uphold Biblical truth, or a desire to use Jesus’ good name to mold a society that fits our own personally designed values and ideals? If it be the later, we are wholly deceiving ourselves.