031107 Finding God in the Mystery of every day
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Deuteronomy 2:4 And command the people, saying, “You are about to pass through the territory of your brethren, the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir; and they will be afraid of you. Therefore, watch yourselves carefully.
Jesus told his disciples that He was sending them out like sheep among wolves. So too we as we go about the King’s business need to be on our guard and be circumspect in all we say and do, never forgetting that as Paul reminded us so well, “To live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21) So, whether we live or we die is not issue, but to be watchful for any possible kindred connection in our humanity, and to present faithfully the love of Jesus by word, by deed, and by the exercise of the spiritual gifts expressed in Galatians 5:22. (Particularly that of self-control, knowing when it’s time to shut up.)
But know this. We are entering enemy territory whenever we go out the door. Just as the Israelites went out and met their brethren and the various Canaanite peoples, we are going into a world that is pre-disposed to hate us. In some parts of the globe, it is forbidden by law to even speak the name of Jesus. I wonder what the rulers and authorities in those places are so afraid of. Perhaps they have not yet heard the good news of the incomprehensible grace of our Father God in our King Jesus. How incredibly sad.