See everyone in that group felt that they were on the up and up. No one had a person come to mind as the 'bad seed'. They all worried about it being themselves. Maybe in the course of the ministry they had seen faithful servants fall away. (Those people that serve whole-heartily for years then suddenly sin sneaks in and destroys a testimony.)
Then you move ahead a few verses and Jesus shares that all will be offended because of him. Peter's famous denial is predicted. Peter is the only one convinced he will do no wrong. We all know how that worked out.
Like I said earlier this thought really stuck with me - Is it I? Oftentimes I know I think I will stand strong when faced with persecution. Would I? Or would I be the first to falter. Look at this Sudanese woman Miriam. She is standing strong when faced with real persecution. She didn't falter even though her children were by her side in prison as well. Could I be as steady and strong?
What if I was faced with a major disease. Would I still praise God? Or would I falter and betray the faith I so easily stand on when not faced with adversity.
It honestly is food for thought - for myself included. Would people look at me and say Oh, that Lisa, she'll be the first to falter! It has to be her! Or would they be too busy worrying about their own hearts.
I pray that I will be able to say these words at the end of my life:
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith - 2 Timothy 4:7
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Great words of self-examination. I want to finish well too. :-)ReplyDelete