Father give me the strength and courage to boldly go where others steer clear, and boldly say what needs to be said even when others stand by in silence. Let me fear no man or woman, for my mission in life is to serve You, and I have a greater fear of disrespecting You than I do of disrespecting Your children. So lift me up Father so that I can stand tall in Your honor. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.
Jesus was considered a rebel in his times. He defied the laws of man because he was more concerned about upholding the laws of God. He did what God told him to do and wasn’t concerned that it was oftentimes in direct conflict with what man expected him to do. Jesus went against the status quo and he called people out on their hypocrisies and blatant lies. When we say we want to be “more like Jesus” why do we tiptoe around being more like the man who turned over the money changers tables? Why are we fearful to be so bold? He didn’t have an army behind him. He wasn’t strapped with a gun or knife, ready to tussle with the first person who challenged him. He wasn’t trained in martial arts. Jesus came with God’s Word and was there following God’s commands, to fulfil the prophecy spoken many years earlier. So why are we not bold enough to say, “stop it” to those who have converted our churches into places of commerce? Why are we not bold enough to say “stop it” to religious leaders who benefit more from tithing than the congregations they are supposed to be serving? Why are we not bold enough to call people out on their hypocrisy? Why are we not bold enough to tell politicians to stop pimping our churches for their political gain? Jesus did it and if we’re to be more like him, then we should act and speak accordingly.
Questions of the Day
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?
3. Jesus was considered a rebel in his time. In what ways do you think he would be considered a rebel in this day and age?
4. Would you have the courage to stand as boldly in your convictions as Jesus did, and make such bold statements and actions as he did?
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