Lord Jesus, as I prepare for the coming of Easter during this Lenten season, I turn to you once again in prayer. I believe that you are my creator and that you have created me to know, love and serve you. I believe that you want to help me fulfill my purpose in life; that is why you came to earth to suffer and die.
Please accept my prayer today as a small token of my gratitude, as a small token of my desire to live my life for you. I know that sometimes I can let things get between us. Now, during this time of prayer, I want to give all my attention to you so that you - and not my egoism or passions - may govern my life choices.
Lord, help me to have the humility to accept your will for my life.
1. No Special
Indignation. Jesus' fellow townsmen are upset with Jesus for pointing out that there were times in history that God showed his favor to Gentiles and not just Jews. They are upset because they had put their security in their Jewish heritage and the promises made to their people through the Patriarchs. They want to think that because they are Jews somehow God must show them more favor than the Gentiles.
We can also make this mistake. We think that because we belong to this or that organization, or because we have this or that position, somehow God must give us more attention and special privileges. Isn't this often the cause of indignation in our lives? We are upset when do not receive preferential treatment. We think that we deserve more. Does that indignation ever grow so strong that I try to rid myself of Christ?
Why the Others? Why did God send Elijah to help the widow in Zarephath and Elisha to cleanse Naaman the Syrian? Surely it was not because they were more important or holier people. God chose them because they welcomed him. The widow in Zarephath happily went to fetch Elijah a drink of water when he asked for it and obediently gave him the last of the food she had. Naaman repented from his indignation and went to bathe in the Jordan as Elisha told him to do. God gives his gifts to those who welcome him.
3. Willful I Acceptance of Christ?
Christ is perhaps too familiar to his townsmen. They were not able to recognize who he really was. They were upset with the way he spokes, and so they do not accept him. Will I accept Christ in my life? Perhaps he is too familiar to me. I think I know who he is. Perhaps I am unwilling to accept his teachings. Perhaps I am indignant that he has blessed others more than me. The people of Nazareth tried to throw Jesus over a cliff, but they could not get rid of him. Their assault was futile. Christ simply walked away. Christ cannot be gotten rid of. Perhaps there are times in my life when I want to get rid of Christ, but I can never destroy or blot him out of existence. He is always there waiting for me to accept him.
Conversation Dialogue with Christ:
Lord, I do not want to be like your townsmen who would not accept you, who became indignant with you because you told them the truth. Please help me so that my ideas about how things should be will not cloud my vision of who you are. Help me to recognize you when you come to me. Give me the humility to see clearly the truth of your teaching. Lord as I prepare for the approaching coming of Easter, help me to purify myself of all egoism, sensuality, vanity and pride so that I can accept your love with an open heart.
During the day I will welcome Christ's teaching into my life.
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