Are We Willing?

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate.” (Matthew 23:37–38, NIV 1984).

My Musings – Where, or more importantly who, is our Jerusalem? Those in our sphere of influence. Do we long (strong, persistent desire) to gather them to the Christ? Even if their animosity toward us is akin to killing or stoning? Yes, there will be those who are unwilling. Whose eternal destiny will be left desolate. But not all. Will we be persistent enough to hang in there long enough to be able to tell the difference?

My Advice“[Our] attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: He humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:5, 8, NIV 1984). Becoming obedient to the Great Commission may mean death for many of us, as if has for many before us. Will our attitude be the “same as that of Christ Jesus?” Or will our humility give way to indifference or self-righteous condemnation to those He has placed within our Jerusalem?

“Therefore, God exalted Him.” (Philippians 2:9, NIV 1984). If we’re looking for exaltation, “shall [we] not drink the cup the Father has given [us]?” (John 18:11, NIV 1984).

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