• Rusty Coram

2021_02_03 Insight Post- Rusty Coram

This week's reading- Matthew 9 & 10

Sometimes when we read the Bible, we come across things that seem to be seriously contradictory, and one of those shows up this week. A few chapters back, we read “God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God” Matthew 5:9. This makes sense coming from “the prince of peace” (Isaiah 9:6) and the one who the angels announced would bring “peace on earth” {Luke 2:14), but then this week we hear Jesus say this:

“34 Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword. 35‘I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 Your enemies will be right in your own household!’ 37“If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine. 38If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. 39If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.” Matthew 10:34-39

We are looking at two different aspects of faithfully following Jesus. Yes, we are to be people that work hard at being peacemakers, helping people discover the forgiveness and hope God offers. We are called to live peaceful lives as good citizens, family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors – all of this is true. But, and this is what Jesus wants us to know, in doing so there will be times when our allegiance to Him will create conflict and division, even within our closest relationships. When that happens, we can grieve, but we should never cave in and go along to get along. Loyalty to Jesus is to be our top priority no matter how unpopular, or out-of-step it may make us. This isn’t a license to be spiritually obnoxious or self-righteous at all, this is just telling us that we should not be surprised if we find ourselves attacked or rejected because of our devotion to God… in fact it even happened to Jesus (Mark 3:21) . God doesn’t want us to be shocked when we face controversy over our relationship with Him, He wants us to be prepared and ready to go a different direction than others want, or expect us to.

Rusty Coram

Senior Pastor