I feel honored and privileged each week as I pray for our Church. I read and I listen, in contemplation as I'm led, I write. I write our devos in the hope to amplify and apply the sacred text. I write trustfully that some small part of the truth of the text will lodge in the heart and ultimately be incarnated in our living. This week we take a break from our study of Acts to focus on the daily art of considering Jesus. Read them prayerfully, intentionally and instructively. If they speak to you, share them with others. Blessings, Dave Edwards
“For consider Him who endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:3
From where you stand things look tough and trying, it feels like hope has run out in you. There is encouragement in the struggle. It’s too soon to lose heart. Lift your eyes above their storms and struggles, consider all Jesus endured.
Consider Jesus endured more than we are ever called to suffer, yet spoke no words of impatience. He endured His suffering at the hands of injustice, and was cruelly and wrongly treated, yet only submission to the Father was exemplified through Him. He uttered no resentful words. In the face of accusations, Jesus held His peace. His sufferings were many and acute, but He did not give in to the impulse of sarcasm or revenge.
Consider Jesus. Christ’s endurance gives the example for every disciple to follow. Where He stood is where we are called to stand – placing our feet in the foot marks of where He stood. We stand not in the mocking, but the meekness; not the scourging, but the submission; not the dread and desertion of the Father’s love, but in the unrelenting devotion. We, like the Son, cry out to the Father, “Father, forgive them.” Like Jesus, we are called to live in complete surrender to the Will of God. His endurance is to be our pattern.
Considering Jesus’ way of living is completely contrary to the way we live. Our way of living often is in utter opposition to the high-spirited way of Jesus. We have such thin skin, the most minor insult sets us into defense mode, hurling back insult for insult, all while we call ourselves disciples. The cross is the ground for all our peace and hope, it’s also our pattern for living.
When you consider Jesus you realize that your bad day will never match the days of Jesus’ suffering. In considering Jesus, you see the tough times are but an opportunity to display your loyalty to the ways of Jesus, to cultivate the spirit of Christ, to act as His friend in tough situations. Considering Jesus in all things is a lifelong practice of filling our heart with Holy ambition, to be conformed to His likeness.
Consider Jesus, think through how He would respond in your circumstances.