John 15:12-27, Acts 3:11-26, Ezekiel 37:1-14
“Birds of a feather flock together,” was what my mother used to say. Her meaning was that people will think you are the same as those you hang with. What Jesus was saying to his disciples in today’s scripture from the Gospel of John is that he knows the world will hate them because they follow him. We too, as disciples on this side of the resurrection, need to realize that our association with Jesus, when we follow and obey him, will bring the world’s distain. It may bring hatred, persecution or even death.
There is no such thing as comfy, cozy Christianity. If you are seeking rest and leisure, blessings and success because you decided to say you believe in Jesus Christ, then you are misunderstanding the “flock” you are joining. Becoming a disciple of Jesus is risky business. There are all kinds of crosses that must be carried in the cause of following Christ. He told us so. In Luke 9:23 we read, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” The good news is that we have his protection and care when we truly follow Christ!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, grant me the power and grace to follow where you lead, and help me to not be frightened by the world that confronts me. In your holy name I pray. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Randy Conley, Pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Hubbard Lake, MI.