Monthly Archives: August 2015
It is perhaps one of the least appealing invitations ever uttered. “And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me’” (Luke 9:23).
The cultural time and distance between crucifixion in Jesus’ day and our culture has essentially robbed the picture of its power. There is absolutely nothing appealing about it. In his commentary on Luke, William Barclay observes, “To take up our cross means to be prepared to face things like that for loyalty to Jesus; it means to be ready to endure the worst that man can do to us for the sake of being true to him.” Continue reading
One of the more colorful, and painfully true, passages in the book of Proverbs is 18:8, “The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.” Think about that word picture for a moment.
When the conditions are right, there is something appealing about being let in on something others know nothing about. As we are being told, our body; as well as our mind, reacts. And like a good meal, that feeling of satisfaction may last the rest of the day. Continue reading