In the World, but Not of It

"Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God. So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes. There is his commission, his work. 'The kingdom is to be in the midst of your enemies. And he who will not suffer this does not want to be of the Kingdom of Christ; he wants to be among friends, to sit among roses and lilies, not with the bad people but the devout people. O you blasphemers and betrayers of Christ! If Christ had done what you are doing who would ever have been spared.'"


Devoted said...

Perfect! This is exactly what I have been thinking about over the past week! I am amazed at how God works!!!!

Brittany said...

This sermon was amazing...I have been chewing on it since Sunday.

I feel stirred, truly unseated by it. Matt says that it must be personal, that it must speak to something that I have already been wrestling with (however much it might have been in my subconscious).

Anyway, thank you for starting this discussion.