Today’s Reading - John 6:60-71
S: Scripture O: Observation A: Application P: Prayer
60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” 61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? - John 6:60-61
People are offended these days over anything. Jesus dealt with political correctness long before the term politically correct was coined and became the benchmark of decision making. What was offending the disciples (in this case the broader group of people following Jesus not us the twelve) was the teaching of Jesus about eating his flesh and drinking his blood. As followers of Jesus we wrestle with being offended by his teaching when we read something we don’t particularly want to be obedient to or don’t necessarily agree with or don’t understand the principles. We’re quiet about it but we are internally offended. You might use the word struggle or some other nicer term, but in reality when the Word gets tough we get offended and we’ll either ignore it or try to argue against it. Relax. We are all tired of people expressing their offended nature over every little thing that it has become a very reactionary, negative term. Being annoyed at God’s word can be a good thing when it checks our spirit and causes us to consider our relationship with the Lord. It should not cause us to run away like some disciples did, but to hang around like the Twelve and dig deeper. To mature in Christ is to be willing to investigate and struggle with the difficult teachings as well as relish in those we love. There are plenty of passages written in red letters that offend me. Those places are the ones which eventually draw me closer to Christ.
Heavenly Father, don’t let our world view of being offended and political correctness deter us from working hard to understand what you teach through you word even when it is offensive to our spirit. Forgive us for being disobedient or ignore when the word confronts our thinking because the truth is your word is offensive and we should not be ashamed. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Fast: Many times sitting back and watching is easier and more comfortable than participation. Fast spiritual spectatorship. Enter into worship. When considerations start turning into hesitations about something Jesus is clearly in the center of, throw hypercaution to the wind, and celebrate Jesus with abandon. - Alicia Britt Chole from “40 Days of Decrease. A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast.”