The scripture for today, December 26 (12/26), is John 12:26 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
Ah, Lord Jesus. We claim we understand how humble you were, then build great cathedrals which we claim are to your glory but which are really to our glory. We organize great musical performances which we claim are to your glory, but which are really to our glory.
Just where was Jesus when he was on earth saying this? In a posh hotel in Jerusalem? Did he have great musicians performing in the background? Did he stand on a podium and declare this to multitudes? Who are you fooling when you declare you are his servant?
Who or what are you really a servant to? Power in a workplace, club, congregation, neighborhood? Prestige in a community, an occupation, an organization? Self-indulgence of money, music, entertainment?
While you are pursuing things in life, is Jesus there with you? Are you doing what he would be busy doing? Are you where he was when he said this?
Dare to be a servant to the power of Jesus’ love, prestige in the eyes of God, self-indulgence in the joy of worshiping Him. In this only is there true and enduring honor.
THEY MET JESUS: FOLK HERO. Jesus was a hero but never had a cathedral to preach in. He never had a great choir or grand orchestra as a mood creator before his sermons. He never wore clothes that were different from other people or insisted on people bowing and kissing his ring. When he performed miracles of feeding thousands, he never had fine crystal or silver urns to distribute the food or gather up the leftovers. How we, in our misdirected zeal, shame him. We bow at his wounded feet and ask his forgiveness. To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this: https://amzn.to/2EXU85s
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