Too Good for the World

Hebrews 11:38   (KJV)   38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

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Believers who are persecuted and whose very lives are threatened that they have to lose their homes, leave their communities, and forced to leave life’s comforts willingly undergo such experiences not because they are not worthy of this world—that they are below the world’s standards. The converse is true; it’s the world that’s not worthy of them. That’s why they would rather suffer than compromise with the world.

There is the world; there is us. Our precious Lord Jesus makes it clear: there is no “unequally-yoked” marriage between the two. The world utterly hates us because we love our Lord. The world hated our Master; much more so will it hate His followers. No sweat. We’re not missing out on anything. We’ve been blessed with everything we need for life and godliness; our super-gracious heavenly Father gives us everything for our enjoyment.

Others can’t comprehend this. We live in ironies—or do we? Whatever we give up for our Lord, He returns to us—thirty, sixty, hundredfold, and with them, suffering. We have nothing, but we have everything. We live by faith in God that can move mountains, shut the mouths of lions, quench the violence of fire, bring people back from the dead; it’s by that same faith in our God that we are tortured, cruelly mocked, scourged, imprisoned, stoned, sawed, struck with the sword, beheaded, displaced, became fugitives. Ah, these are ironic in the world’s perception, but not with eyes of faith. We count all our earthly experiences for our Lord Jesus as honor and privilege; we see them working altogether for His sovereign purpose and for our best; we also see beyond all this bodily experiences–we see the glory awaiting. That’s why we don’t turn back.

 

Don’t Push It!

1 Kings 2:23  (KJV)   23 Then king Solomon sware by the Lord, saying, God do so to me, and more also, if Adonijah have not spoken this word against his own life.

Adonijah didn’t request for anything evil or wrong. But he has just been granted mercy for a serious treacherous act. He could have been killed for it. He was pardoned instead. His offense, though forgiven, was still so fresh. Instead of being grateful and conducting himself with humility, he pushes it and requests for the king to grant him a certain woman to be his wife. This seemingly harmless request cost him his life.

Let’s be careful of the steps we take especially as recipients of many graces and tremendous amount of forgiveness. We may have wronged others so many times. We may have hurt them repeatedly. We may be disrespecting people continuously without any regard for the pain we’re inflicting on them. We think we’re good people because we’re nice to others we choose to be nice to, but we may have become callously heartless to those who have done us the most good. We’ve grown comfortable with it; we’ve become so familiar with being a recipient of certain people’s goodness and we have bred contempt.

It’s not wrong to ask for more. But it’s wrong to be insensitive. People may still be in the process of recovering from the last wounds we’ve caused, and here we are again, showing our thick faces, not attempting to show even a little act of gratefulness for the huge favor we’ve just received. Feeling entitled, we ask for another favor.

We have a heart; we have brains; let’s use it.

Dear God, we praise You for being a God of mercy, grace, and forgiveness. We praise You as well for being God of order. Please help us. We need to have reservations sometimes. We need to show discretion. We need to employ wisdom. We need to have the right timing. We need to think about those who we’ve hurt, who helped us, who forgave us, on how we can be a blessing to them as well. Order our steps please, – in Jesus’ Name, amen.