Are we embarrassed by Jesus?
So now we are down to the real issue. Jesus has laid out the case for what it takes to follow Him (Mark 8:34-37).
Calling the crowd along with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me and the good news will save it. For what does it benefit someone to gain the whole world and yet lose his life? What can anyone give in exchange for his life?
It is all about Jesus and not about me. I have to sacrifice my selfish ways and submit to Jesus as my Master.
Am I proud of my relationship with Jesus and who He is? Am I ashamed and embarrassed?
“If any of you are embarrassed over me and the way I’m leading you when you get around your fickle and unfocused friends, know that you’ll be an even greater embarrassment to the Son of Man when he arrives in all the splendor of God, his Father, with an army of the holy angels.” ~Jesus | Source: Mark 8:38 (The Message Bible)
Recently, in reading Mark Batterson’s book, The Grave Robber, I discovered the term “inattentional blindness” – also known as perceptual blindness. A Wikipedia article regarding inattentional blindness says “it may be further defined as the event in which an individual fails to recognize an unexpected stimulus that is in plain sight.” As I read the definitions, I realized that could illustrate some of the 10+ years that I lived in The Inn.
It is important that we realize the significance of a family “living in one house.” A family is meant to bring people together in close fellowship in order to cause friction among its members. If we don’t learn how to face troubles at home, we will not learn how to cope with the pressures of ordinary living in the world. There is a clear purpose in the closeness required of family members. But the nature of man wants to pull away and live unto its own self. Every young person growing up in America wants his own room, with his own radio, his own television, his own telephone. And we strive for the level of prosperity that will make it all possible for each child to have his own hide-out! The home of the family is the site of much interaction, much rubbing. And it has its clear purpose in the growing-up process. Family is meant to produce confrontation. But our nature doesn’t like confrontation. Nevertheless, it has its very clear purpose. Out of confrontation comes commitment, and when we try to live up to commitment, we learn how to cope with responsibility.