We Can’t Always Handle It

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth…  John 16:1-15  Let’s face it! We don’t always want all truth. We can’t always handle it. Truth not only reveals the external it also reveals the internal: the situations surrounding us as well as our own situation; the tales of others and tales of the inner-self. In one moment of truth Peter didn’t want to hear that he would cower in his knowledge of Christ before his accusers. That one moment however, did not define the rest of Peter’s life. There is no one physical moment (and there will be many!), that will totally define ours. When the Spirit of truth comes, it uses us even when we are not quite ready, not at our expense but rather for our benefit, so that we can confront ourselves as to who we say we are, and allow the Spiritual moment of truth to guide us forward as we begin to live into who God has called us to be, for the Glory of His name.

One Life

The one being able to grasp, let him grasp … Matthew 19:1-12  A college friend told me; “Once you’ve made a decision to do something it’s yours. You have to take responsibility for it regardless of how it turns out and move on.” I received his words that day because I knew he was speaking from experience. When Jesus is pressed by authorities concerning divorce, his disciples are taken aback by his answer believing that perhaps marriage is not a good choice. But Jesus’ use of the word eunuch in three different contexts seems to make clear, the significance of having the gift of making a choice and taking responsibility for that choice. The first eunuch has no choice. The second eunuch has the choice forced upon him. The third eunuch is the one who chooses to willingly give up one life (physical) for the sake of another (spiritual). Not everyone is willing to make that commitment. Our decision to have faith in God and follow in the way of Christ is for us to own and take responsibility. Although our steps won’t always be perfect, commitment to our faith keeps us on track. The good news is that it is that faith in God (more precious than gold) of which Peter writes to the diaspora, that gives us the freedom to grasp that commitment one day at a time and live in hope by that same faith.