Plug In…Pour Out
Scripture Reading: John 6:60-71
On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
In the context of our scripture for today, “hard teaching” is a phrase referring to “life changing” teaching. In other words, Jesus refused to leave people the same; He demanded change. Most people find change difficult and uncomfortable. Jesus knew that many would reject Him and His teaching. He had no illusions that everyone would love Him and want to follow Him. Even so, He refused to change His message to hold the crowd. Truth is non-negotiable.
As we consider pouring our lives out for God as Jesus did, we must accept the fact that some, if not many, will reject us. The moment we get out of the spectator stands, we become visible to others; we no longer will fade into the crowd. When this happens, we become a focus; we receive the scrutiny of the remaining crowd in the stands. Once we plug in, we open ourselves up to criticism and rejection. Yes, occasionally we’ll get a round of applause. That feels good, but you and I must settle the question, up front, of why we do what we do. If we volunteer in Kingdom work for any other reason than responding to God’s love, we’ll probably run back into the spectator stands.
In John 6:63, Jesus said a profound word: “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.” When we pour our lives out for Kingdom purposes, we are living life as God designed it.
Father help me to see the difference between real life and worldly existence. May your Holy Spirit be real in me and through me today. In Jesus’ Name, amen.