Friday, April 10, 2009

Is it nothing to you

"Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?
Look and see
if there is any sorrow like my sorrow,
which was brought upon me,
which the LORD inflicted
on the day of his fierce anger."

Lamentations 1:12

Such a passionate appeal from the prophet to look on the suffering servant and to take heed -- no matter who you are!

If you have walked past Him all your life, take heed and see this grace which is given. The call to repent is universal and compels us all to place our faith in the suffering servant who fulfilled all love in our place.

Do you already profess Christ with your lips? Take heed that you do so in your heart. Let nothing supersede that precious and glorious grace in your life. Not intellectual or philosophical musings. Not doctrinal argument or dissension. Not your "good" name. Look around you at your fellow believers and ask yourself if you are willing to be of no reputation among those whose good opinion you value. Are you willing to be the least of these your brethren for the sake of Christ? Are you willing to be despised in the world for His sake. If not, you are an idolator. If you value even your church membership, as precious as it is to your growth and nourishment in the spirit, above the grace of Christ, you have despised his grace.

He was willing to be despised by His eternal Father and die for your sake.

Can you truly leave all for His sake? Or is it nothing to you?


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