From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. Whoever has ears, let them hear.
Matthew 11 : 12 – 15
Israel was meant to be a chosen nation who demonstrated to the rest of the world how to live. Their lives should have been distinctly different from everyone else with others looking at them and being drawn to worship God through how they saw Israel. So often it was the very opposite with Israel trying to emulate the nations round about. How many times can you find Israel straying from God’s path in the Old Testament. Far too many. Even in Jesus day the Pharisees who claimed to live godly lives were found time and again serving their own interests and actively working against the kind of society God asked for. No wonder Jesus clashed repeatedly with them.
However, with Jesus arrival people did now get a chance to see how things really should be; if they were willing to see.
Yet the truth is many people were more willing to continue in what they knew was wrong because changing took too much energy and frankly they were comfortable with their lives. Do you think that could be us? As you look around and see your comfortable lifestyle, is holding onto that more important that creating the kind of world God calls us to create?
Prayer: Lord, help me to see beyond my comfort. Help me to see the world as you see it.
Action: Do something today that serves God outside your comfort zone.