A woman on our staff sent me a C.S. Lewis quote that I had forgotten about that she found meaningful in light of our worldwide pandemic. I’m glad she reminded me of it. Lewis is reflecting on the concern about living in a world that had the atomic bomb at its disposal, and the fresh fear of death and calamity it was bringing.
What Does it Mean That Jesus Is the King of the Jews?
Here are four possible reasons why Jesus was weeping and troubled…
A rich young ruler comes to visit Jesus, at first appearing to humbly seek the way of eternal life. However, it quickly becomes apparent that his real aim is to affirm his righteous standing before God as a result of keeping the commandments. But Jesus knew something was holding the man back from experiencing true freedom. “Jesus looked at him and loved him. One thing you lack. Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” Mark 10:21 However, even while standing face-to-face with the Son of God Himself, the young man concluded that what Jesus had to offer could not possibly be more valuable than the riches he possessed. He chose to remain a slave to his possessions, clinging to his false security. How about you? Are you clinging to something that might be preventing you from following Jesus with all your heart? Are you willing to surrender your all to Him?
It is easy to throw in the towel. It is much harder to push through and keep going.
If we do our part, God cannot fail to do his.
We don’t have to strive in our own strength to love and do good for the purpose of ticking off some religious requirement. The apostle Paul said that “God’s love has been poured out into our hearts” (Romans 5:5), and it is with this same love that we can love others. We also read that “it is God who works in us to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose” (Philippians 2:13). Even the very desire to do good comes from the Lord through his Holy Spirit. May this thought encourage us today!
God’s Word has the answers we need.
Words of hope from someone intimately acquainted with hardship.
“For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? …‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” (Matthew 25:35-40)God sees what we do with what He gives us. Are we spending the time, resources, energy, and talents He has given us on ourselves, or care we using these blessings to minister to others for His glory?