Monday, October 6, 2008

When Push Comes to Shove

As I am working my way through the book of John in The Message, I was struck by these verses:
42-43On the other hand, a considerable number from the ranks of the leaders did believe. But because of the Pharisees, they didn't come out in the open with it. They were afraid of getting kicked out of the meeting place. When push came to shove they cared more for human approval than for God's glory.
44-46Jesus summed it all up when he cried out, "Whoever believes in me, believes not just in me but in the One who sent me. Whoever looks at me is looking, in fact, at the One who sent me. I am Light that has come into the world so that all who believe in me won't have to stay any longer in the dark.
47-50"If anyone hears what I am saying and doesn't take it seriously, I don't reject him. I didn't come to reject the world; I came to save the world. But you need to know that whoever puts me off, refusing to take in what I'm saying, is willfully choosing rejection. The Word, the Word-made-flesh that I have spoken and that I am, that Word and no other is the last word. I'm not making any of this up on my own. The Father who sent me gave me orders, told me what to say and how to say it. And I know exactly what his command produces: real and eternal life. That's all I have to say. What the Father told me, I tell you." John 12 (Whole Chapter)

One of the things that jumped out to me was the part that said, "when push comes to shove." As I read the rest of the verses, these words resonated deep within. How would I respond when push comes to shove? I believe Jesus is who He says He is, I believe the Word of God, will I stand for what I know in my heart and in my mind to be true when push comes to shove? I pray God would grant me the courage and all that it takes to stand for Him, I pray that you also will have the courage to stand for Jesus when push comes to shove and not cater to the approval of man.
When push comes to shove will you stand for Jesus Christ?

1 comment:

lynnmosher said...

Hey, Mistipearl! I loved your thoughts on this. Great take-away! Something to ponder on...forever! I also wanted to thank you for your sweet comment on my blog post, In the Presence of the King. I deeply appreciate your suggestion of a children's book. Will ponder on this. Be blessed in all you do...Lynn

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