Sunday, June 04, 2017


Today's thought is very key for your walk right now.  We are groomed by God for sympathy toward others.  He calls us.  And then He trains us.  The world doesn't need our criticism.  Neither does it need our rehearsals of their short-falls and long-disappointments.  These get us nowhere.  Our call is for the purpose of outreach toward others...many others...for they need words from someone who has gone through similar grinder.

That's why Jesus is so good at what he does; who he is.

Hebrews 2:14-18 is a place that pulls us into understanding of exactly why our stresses and difficulties are useful.  Make special note of He had to be made like his brethren in all things.  And then 4:15-16 continues the thread of how it is that he gets what it's like being us.  For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things as are we, yet without sin.  Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.  

Jesus went through the rejection, the suffering, the sheer let-downs because he was on mission to find out what it was like to be a human.  Once he got the picture he could then be effective in rescue.  He had on-the-jobsight training. This.  Is.  Us.  Today.

We do not go through tough times simply because life is rough.  No, because these have powerful significance.  We must not waste a bad day.  What we do is turn that which attempts to shut us down on its head.  We win it into productive submission.  We use it--the hurt, the pain--to help others; just as did Jesus as he perpetually helps us.  And why?  Because all around us are awesome people who've just about had it with injury and obstacle.

Even those who behave with intent of hurting us will only serve to strengthen us because we will learn how the others in our circles feel.  It is here that we will be of useful purpose.  Jesus teaches us how to make a difference....just like he did.  This is called ministry.

We must not waste a bad day.  Jesus didn't.  He used the agony of the Cross and the numbing death of the Grave to wow the world!  May we reach the whole world!

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