I have discovered something recently that has broken my heart. I am very excited and serious at the same time when I share the word of God. I am heartbroken because so many of my good friends and many of those that are close to me take offense at the word of God. They are angry at what they hear and they are offended. They follow the world's doctrine, and they reject God's doctrine. It's hard for me to understand because I long for the word of God. I crave God's word. I feel like I have been so blind for a very long time while I was living in the world and I want to know more and more. I feel a great desire for God.
I found this story in the Bible that stayed with me for a very long time. Jesus experienced others taking offense by his word many times in the Bible. They sought to kill him many times. They beat him and spit on him. They crucified him. But this story is about people who say they are following Jesus, but then they turn around and walk away from him. I can't imagine that at all.
"Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?
When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?
What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.
And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
Then Simon Peter answered him,
"Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God." John 6:60-68
Jesus had MANY disciples following him. There was a LARGE crowd! Imagine Hollywood and the paparazzi! He was a HUGE deal and people from all over followed him. Jesus told the crowd that he was the bread of life and through him we may be saved. They started murmuring and could not accept it. Their hearts were hardened like the parable of the Harvest. They were offended by him and left. Jesus already knew since the beginning of the world who would leave him.
I adore Peter. He is my biblical hero. God picks on him the most in the Bible and he truly has a heart for the Lord. He was also the one who knew Jesus was the Christ, the messiah who was sent to save the world. When Jesus asked Peter if he would leave too, Peter said that "thou has the words of eternal life. We believe and are sure that thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God." There was no doubt and Peter was faithful even unto his death.
I want to be Jesus' disciple. I want to take up my cross and follow him. My heart breaks for those who refuse to accept Jesus, and I can only imagine yet how MUCH MORE his heart breaks for his own children that he loves. If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, then you would accept what he tells us in the Bible. You will not take offense in his word if you have left your own ways to accept that whatever God's will may be, that it would be yours as well.
Have your way, oh Lord, have your way with my heart. Lord, have your way with my will. Have your way with my life. I will obey you. Let me be your vessel. Let me be your sanctuary. I am yours.