Life following Jesus is never uncomplicated.
Dare to follow Jesus will eventually end you crossing someone’s ire. Someone will tell you to stop feeding the homeless or caring too much for the poor. It has been so from the beginning.
Do you stop caring and feeding because the authorities tell you or do you engage in civil disobedience? Peter and his fellow followers of Jesus decided, “We must obey God rather than human beings!” (Acts 5:29).
In the first Century, following Jesus seriously will get you throw into prison and flogged (Acts 5:40). In Argentina in the 1970s, followers of Jesus were put into prison, tortured, and some killed because they dared to care for the poor.
Following Jesus will end up putting you crossways with civic leadership as a 90-year-old man found a few months ago when he was feeding the homeless in Florida.
The early church did not leave their punishment complaining about their treatment instead, rather they departed “rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name” (Acts 5:41).
What are you and I doing today that would make us feel that the suffering we are experiencing is an honor?
Ronald Friesen © 2105