Monday, February 22, 2010
Being Cold Hearted
I can just picture people I've known getting all in a huff and giving Jesus an ear-full after hearing something like that. "How dare He speak to me this way! And who does He think He is being so insulting! Doesn't He know that family comes first? And He calls Himself a man of God! Well I never...!" Jesus knew exactly what He was doing: separating the wheat from the chaff. Those who are truly His can take the heat and have the humility to say, "Yes, I'm a dog, but I can't I at least have a crumb?" They're the gutsy ones who adamantly hold onto Him, knowing that He has to bless them, and they're the ones who receive their answers.
God created us to be like Him, abounding in love, peace, joy, patience and all the fruit of the Spirit, but tough as nails when it comes to acting our faith. There are times that joy only comes after the painful sacrifice of our flesh, of turning our backs and walking away from people who are demanding our attention so that we can please Him first. Peace can only be won after killing off the selfish desire to moan about our suffering, and fight back against the evil one who whispers in our ears that peace is impossible. We want answers to questions that are not for us to know at this time, but the answers that we do have, we don't like!
So the choice is, live out our life in a constant state of feeling offended because God expects too much of us, or cold-heartedly turn our back on our feelings, obey Him anyway, and determine that he has to - He HAS to - honor our act of faith. He will heal and deliver us because He says He will. Period. And through that choice to put our faith over our emotions, miraculous changes happen. That was the way the demon possessed were freed, the blind were healed, the dead were raised and disciples of steel were raised up to turn the world upside down. It seems like a contradiction to find the warmth of His peace and love through becoming cold-hearted, but who ever said He does things our way?