Archive for March, 2014

REFLECTION: Are you talking or walking THE WALK?

Friday, March 7th, 2014

 

King of Kings, Lord of Lords, the Son of God…  Do you recognize these titles of Jesus of Nazareth?  If he wanted to, one would expect that he could have chosen to walk in the path of royalties, but instead, he chose to walk and to sup with tax collectors, the outcasts and the other visible sinners… the very ones the elders, chief priests and scribes turned their backs on.

Where do you walk and with whom do you walk with?  Has the financial status of your family determined who you choose to associate with?

In his public life, we learn of Jesus casting out demons, healing the sick, raising the dead and calming the wind and sea with his spoken word.  One could assume that if He had wanted to, Jesus could have spoken one single word and mankind’s heart and the generations to come would have instantly been reunited with the Father’s heart.  But that was not the path Jesus had chosen.  He was aware that the Father had given mankind the gift of freely choosing to follow Him.  He knew that a word spoken would not and could not accomplish what the Father had called Him to do. A single word or even multiple words would not suffice to reveal the unconditional and expansive love of the Father.  Jesus realized that speaking of God’s love was not enough.  He realized He needed to demonstrate love in order to draw them back to the Father’s heart.

Jesus lived love and He was love.  Repeatedly, He denied himself of His entitled status.  As He walked with and among His people, He responded to each as if he/she was the only person before him; lovingly responding so the individual realized that he/she had value, self-worth and he/she was truly love.

Do you know the names of the individuals you encounter on a daily basis?  Do you walk by them, looking the other way and hence not acknowledging their presence?  How do you treat those within your family?  Do you vocalize your love and yet your actions “speak” contrary to what you say?  Do you truly see the person you speak to, recognizing his need to be heard, understood and acknowledged?  Or do you half-heartedly listen out of politeness without realizing and recognizing the hurts and needs of the other?

As His journey on planet earth drew to an end, Jesus denied himself to the utmost, taking on physical, mental, emotional, psychological and spiritual anguish in the form of all the sins of mankind upon himself, as He was nailed on the cross, and then he died.  But in three days, through the power of the Holy Spirit, nothing could stop Jesus from rising again, forever conquering death so that He was, is and will forever be The Way, bridging mankind back into His Father’s heart!

Before he returned to the Father in Heaven, Jesus called and commissioned each of His followers to share how their encounter with Him had transformed them and to share this good news with the rest of the world.  Just as he did, He invites each of us to demonstrate the gesture of our love by voluntarily dying to self, setting aside our self-centred desires, motives and passions as we pick up our cross, making room for the needs of others to rise above our own, so that the overflow of His love that had healed and transformed us, can flow THROUGH us and heal and transform another.

Father God, by our own strength, it is so difficult to set aside our personal needs and desires and to put the needs of another before our own.  We ask for your grace and strength to do this Lord and we freely choose to give you permission to use us as your channels of love, joy, peace and hope.  In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN.

God bless,

Melissa – March 6, 2014

p.s. – Luke 9:22-25

22 He said, ‘The Son of man is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and chief priests andscribes and to be put to death, and to be raised up on the third day.’

23 Then, speaking to all, he said, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me.

24 Anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, will save it.

25 What benefit is it to anyone to win the whole world and forfeit or lose his very self?