Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Standing Strong Through the Storm - PAUL OF AFGHANISTAN

I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea… 2 Corinthians 11:23b-25

The Apostle Paul suffered severely in his ministry of sharing the gospel in the first century. But Paul was always quick to point out that what others thought so terrible—his imprisonment—

God turned into good. Rather than hindering the spread of the gospel, it actually aided its advance (Philippians 1:12-14). Paul’s example was followed by many disciples down through the ages. You might be surprised to learn about one of these who lived in Afghanistan.

In Kabul, a brilliant young blind man who had memorized the whole Qur’an in Arabic listened to the gospel by radio and later publicly declared his faith in Jesus as his Lord. He became the first blind student to attend regular-sighted schools in Afghanistan. He graduated from University of Kabul with a law degree in order to defend Christians who might be persecuted for their faith. Some of his encouragement as a young believer came from a missionary from neighboring Iran, Mehdi Dibaj.

Under the communist regime, Paul was arrested on false charges and put in a notorious prison where tens of thousands were executed. There was no heat in the jail during the cold winters. He had to sleep on the freezing mud floor with only his overcoat. A prisoner next to him was trembling with cold since he did not even have a jacket. Paul remembered John the Baptist had said, “The man who has two coats should share with him who has none.” (Luke 3:11) He took off his only coat and gave it to the neighbor. From then on, the Lord miraculously kept him warm every night.

In prison, the communists gave Paul shock treatments to try to brainwash him. The electric burns left scars on his head. But he did not give in. God’s grace was sufficient. After release from prison he kept mastering foreign languages and continued translating the Bible, writing and preaching…as well as discipling new believers. In 1988, Paul was kidnapped by a fanatical Muslim group and charged with apostasy because he became a Christian. He was beaten for hours with rods and ultimately martyred. But Paul’s testimony lives on today as a trophy of God’s grace. He is affectionately remembered as “Afghanistan’s Apostle Paul”.

You can read more about Paul in Dr. Christy Wilson’s excellent book, More To Be Desired Than Gold, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 1994.

RESPONSE: Today I will live biblically no matter what circumstances I may face knowing that God’s grace is sufficient for me.

PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for the inspiring example of Afghanistan’s Apostle Paul and his faithfulness in serving You to the end.

Girlfriends in God - Breathe

Today’s Truth

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers (Psalm 1:1-3 NIV)

Friend to Friend

It was one of my favorite trees. And it was dying.

We live on a lake, and my dying tree was truly a “tree planted by streams of water.” So how could it be dying? How could branches right in the smack dab middle of the bushy green be turning into kindling? It didn’t make sense.

I called an arborist to come out and take a look. He saw the problem right away.

“Ma’am, see how that tree looks like a telephone pole stuck in the ground? That’s not the way a tree should be planted. You should be able to see some of the roots spreading out from the trunk. Those roots are covered up with dirt, grass, and these pretty perennials you’ve planted at the base. The tree can’t breathe.”

“It can’t breathe?” I asked.

“Yep. You see a tree is a living organism that needs to breathe just like you do. If the roots are smothered, then it can’t. Trees need sunlight, water, carbon dioxide and nutrients from the soil. Those flowers you have planted around it are actually stealing the nutrients. The dirt covering the roots is suffocating it. It has water, but it needs more than that.

“Bottom line, your tree is stressed out.”

Ah, words I understood. “Stressed out.”

So, the arborist cleared away some of the dirt from around the roots to allow the tree to breathe and cut away the dead limbs. Then he dug up the flowers and tossed them aside. I could almost hear the tree take a deep breath as if to say, “Ah, thank you!”

Three months later, it looks like the tree is going to make it after all.

All this thinking about my tree planted by the water made me think about my schedule…my life. And of course, that led me to your schedule…your life.

I like to think of myself as a tree planted by the water similar to the one mentioned in the first psalm. I get up every morning and soak in God’s Word before jumping into my day. That’s my water. My living water.

But it’s not enough to drink in the morning and then smother my day with too many activities, commitments, and deadlines. I need more than water to thrive. I need to be able to breathe.

I can plant “beautiful” activities in my life like those flowers, but they may be sucking the nutrients right out of my soul. Those activities might look nice on my calendar, but they might not be soul nice. I can smother my roots with commitments and pile on the soil so that I look more like a non-living thing stuck in the ground—a telephone pole—rather than a fruit-bearing tree.

So as I begin this fall season with its activities left and right, I need to stop and examine if they are exactly what God wants me to do, or if they are just “pretty flowers ” that are keeping me from being that tree that yields fruit in due season.

As I think about my fall schedule with its commitments and deadlines, I need to ask myself if I am covering up the roots of my heart—smothering it from the very air I need to breathe.

And that’s what I want you to consider today. Let’s do more than survive. Let’s thrive! Clear away what needs to be cleared away. Toss out what needs to be tossed (even if it looks pretty on your schedule). Make room to breathe.

Let’s Pray

Lord, I want to be a tree planted by streams of living water that bears fruit in its season. As I move into the fall season, open my eyes to unnecessary activities and commitments, and help me to know when to say “no”. Show me what I need to dig up and toss. Help me to do what I need to do to avoid stressing out my roots and suffocating my soul.
In Jesus’ Name,

Now It’s Your Turn

I want you to keep this devotion in mind as you head into fall. Before putting something on your schedule, ask yourself these three questions that Liz Higgs asks herself in her book Only Angels Can Wing It.
  1. Will this activity matter one week from today? One month? One year?
  2. Is there someone who does this task better than I do, to whom I might delegate it?
  3. Does it satisfy a heart need for me or someone I love very much?
  4. What are the ramifications if I don’t do it?
  5. What are the outcomes if I do?
More From the Girlfriends

When it come to all the activities that scream for your attention, one of the best ways to know when to say “no” and when to say “yes” is to become a woman who listens to God. This book, Becoming a Woman who Listens to God, includes a Bible Study guide that is a perfect resource for Bible study groups and individual study. Learn how to see God’s fingerprints on the pages of your life and experience His presence on a daily basis.

Un Dia a la Vez - Digamos «NO» al divorcio (tercera parte)

Por eso dejará el hombre a su padre y a su madre, y se unirá a su esposa [...] Por tanto, lo que Dios ha unido, que no lo separe el hombre. Mateo 19:5-6

Cuando hablamos de relaciones y de situaciones que se presentan entre las parejas, es muy común desear que el cambio venga de la otra persona.

Nos es más fácil exigir que dar y caemos en ese juego a la espera de que se produzcan los cambios. Es más, entramos en un terreno muy negativo. Ya no ponemos nada más de nuestra parte y en esa etapa se tienen momentos muy desagradables. Hablamos lo necesario, vivimos con si fuera con un extraño y hasta llegamos a dormir en cuartos separados. A esta altura, la relación se encuentra al borde del abismo. Está en el momento más delicado porque Satanás, que quiere matar el matrimonio, robar la bendición y destruir la vida de cada uno, tiene bastante terreno que se le ha dado.

Quiero que recuerdes que el enemigo solo necesita una rendija para entrar y destruir. Es lamentable que muchos matrimonios a esta altura ya estén con sus mentes y corazones fuera de la relación. Es probable que hasta la palabra divorcio sea tema de discusión y se esté considerando.

Hoy Dios te dice: «¿Qué estás haciendo? ¿Dónde están las promesas y los votos dados ante el altar y los testigos?». Es hora de luchar por nuestros matrimonios. Así que no seamos egoístas y pidámosle a Dios que ponga en nosotros ese primer amor a fin de que logremos rescatar las cosas buenas que tienen las parejas. Solo un cambio de actitud de tu parte, y permitirle a Dios que restaure tu relación, será lo perfecto. Él está esperando hacer el milagro en tu matrimonio. ¡Depende de ti!

Únete a esta campaña y digamos «NO» al divorcio.

Verse of the Day - November 23, 2016

Psalm 100:4-5 (NIV) Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

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The Daily Readings for WEDNESDAY, November 23, 2016

Zechariah 12:1-10
An Oracle. The word of the LORD concerning Israel: Thus says the LORD, who stretched out the heavens and founded the earth and formed the human spirit within: See, I am about to make Jerusalem a cup of reeling for all the surrounding peoples; it will be against Judah also in the siege against Jerusalem. On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it shall grievously hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth shall come together against it. On that day, says the LORD, I will strike every horse with panic, and its rider with madness. But on the house of Judah I will keep a watchful eye, when I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. Then the clans of Judah shall say to themselves, "The inhabitants of Jerusalem have strength through the LORD of hosts, their God." On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a blazing pot on a pile of wood, like a flaming torch among sheaves; and they shall devour to the right and to the left all the surrounding peoples, while Jerusalem shall again be inhabited in its place, in Jerusalem. And the LORD will give victory to the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not be exalted over that of Judah. On that day the LORD will shield the inhabitants of Jerusalem so that the feeblest among them on that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the angel of the LORD, at their head. And on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour out a spirit of compassion and supplication on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that, when they look on the one whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.

Ephesians 1:3-14
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God's own people, to the praise of his glory.

Luke 19:1-10
He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today." So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, "He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner." Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, "Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much." Then Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 119: Qoph Clamavi in toto corde meo
145   I call with my whole heart; answer me, O LORD, that I may keep your statutes.
146   I call to you; oh, that you would save me! I will keep your decrees.
147   Early in the morning I cry out to you, for in your word is my trust.
148   My eyes are open in the night watches, that I may meditate upon your promise.
149   Hear my voice, O LORD, according to your loving-kindness; according to your judgments, give me life.
150   They draw near who in malice persecute me; they are very far from your law.
151   You, O LORD, are near at hand, and all your commandments are true.
152   Long have I known from your decrees that you have established them for ever.

Psalm 119: Resh Vide humilitatem
153   Behold my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget your law.
154   Plead my cause and redeem me; according to your promise, give me life.
155   Deliverance is far from the wicked, for they do not study your statutes.
156   Great is your compassion, O LORD; preserve my life, according to your judgments.
157   There are many who persecute and oppress me, yet I have not swerved from your decrees.
158   I look with loathing at the faithless, for they have not kept your word.
159   See how I love your commandments! O LORD, in your mercy, preserve me.
160   The heart of your word is truth; all your righteous judgments endure for evermore.

Psalm 119: Shin Principes persecuti sunt
161   Rulers have persecuted me without a cause, but my heart stands in awe of your word.
162   I am as glad because of your promise as one who finds great spoils.
163   As for lies, I hate and abhor them, but your law is my love.
164   Seven times a day do I praise you, because of your righteous judgments.
165   Great peace have they who love your law; for them there is no stumbling block.
166   I have hoped for your salvation, O LORD, and have fulfilled your commandments.
167   I have kept your decrees and I have loved them deeply.
168   I have kept your commandments and decrees, for all my ways are before you.

Psalm 119: Taw Appropinquet deprecatio
169   Let my cry come before you, O LORD; give me understanding, according to your word.
170   Let my supplication come before you; deliver me, according to your promise.
171   My lips shall pour forth your praise, when you teach me your statutes.
172   My tongue shall sing of your promise, for all your commandments are righteous.
173   Let your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your commandments.
174   I long for your salvation, O LORD, and your law is my delight.
175   Let me live, and I will praise you, and let your judgments help me.
176   I have gone astray like a sheep that is lost; search for your servant, for I do not forget your commandments.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 128 Beati omnes
1   Happy are they all who fear the LORD, and who follow in his ways!
2   You shall eat the fruit of your labor; happiness and prosperity shall be yours.
3   Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine within your house, your children like olive shoots round about your table.
4   The man who fears the LORD shall thus indeed be blessed.
5   The LORD bless you from Zion, and may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.
6   May you live to see your children's children; may peace be upon Israel.

Psalm 129 Sæpe expugnaverunt
1   Greatly have they oppressed me since my youth, let Israel now say;
2   Greatly have they oppressed me since my youth", but they have not prevailed against me."
3   The plowmen plowed upon my back and made their furrows long.
4   The LORD, the Righteous One, has cut the cords of the wicked.
5   Let them be put to shame and thrown back, all those who are enemies of Zion.
6   Let them be like grass upon the housetops, which withers before it can be plucked;
7   Which does not fill the hand of the reaper, nor the bosom of him who binds the sheaves;
8   So that those who go by say not so much as, "The LORD prosper you. We wish you well in the Name of the LORD."

Psalm 130 De profundis
1   Out of the depths have I called to you, O LORD; LORD, hear my voice; let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
2   If you, LORD, were to note what is done amiss, O LORD, who could stand?
3   For there is forgiveness with you; therefore you shall be feared.
4   I wait for the LORD; my soul waits for him; in his word is my hope.
5   My soul waits for the LORD, more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.
6   O Israel, wait for the LORD, for with the LORD there is mercy;
7   With him there is plenteous redemption, and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.

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The Daily Meditation for WEDNESDAY, November 23, 2016

From Forward Day By Day
Written by Richelle Thompson

Luke 19:8 (NRSV) Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.”

My knowledge of Zacchaeus comes mostly from the children’s song. Here’s the earworm: “Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he.”

While this song continues to play in the stereo of your mind, let’s talk about Zacchaeus: a tax collector and, according to his neighbors, a sinner. Whether Zacchaeus is cheating the farmers or simply following the rules of the land, he is still making a lot of money off the labor of others. But something inside of Zacchaeus makes him want more (the name Zacchaeus, after all, means pure). So Zacchaeus climbs a tree to catch sight of this nomadic preacher called Jesus, and the encounter is transformational. Zacchaeus immediately gives up half of his wealth in testimony to the Lord and commits to a life of service and witness. Meanwhile the neighborhood grumbles about Jesus’ choice for dinner companion.

Lord, help us be more like Zacchaeus, curious and earnest, and keep us from being quick-to-judge and slow to see you in every face and every place. Amen.

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Our Daily Bread - Fame and Humility

Read: Philippians 2:1–11 | Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 20–21; James 5

He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Philippians 2:8

Many of us are obsessed with fame—either with being famous ourselves or with following every detail of famous people’s lives. International book or film tours. Late-night show appearances. Millions of followers on Twitter.

In a recent study in the US, researchers ranked the names of famous individuals using a specially developed algorithm that scoured the Internet. Jesus topped the list as the most famous person in history.

Yet Jesus was never concerned about obtaining celebrity status. When He was here on earth, He never sought fame (Matt. 9:30; John 6:15)—although fame found Him all the same as news about Him quickly traveled throughout the region of Galilee (Mark 1:28; Luke 4:37).

Wherever Jesus went, crowds soon gathered. The miracles He performed drew people to Him. But when they tried to make Him a king by force, He slipped away by Himself (John 6:15). United in purpose with His Father, He repeatedly deferred to the Father’s will and timing (4:34; 8:29; 12:23). “He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:8).

Fame was never Jesus’s goal. His purpose was simple. As the Son of God, He humbly, obediently, and voluntarily offered Himself as the sacrifice for our sins.

You are to be celebrated, Lord, above all others. You have been highly exalted and given a name that is above every name. One day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that You are Lord.

Jesus came not to be famous, but to humbly offer Himself as the sacrifice for our sins.

© 2016 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Nuestro Pan Diario - Fama y humildad

Leer: Filipenses 2:1-11 | La Biblia en un año: Santiago 5

[Cristo Jesús] se humilló a sí mismo, haciéndose obediente hasta la muerte, y muerte de cruz (Filipenses 2:8).

A muchos nos obsesiona la fama, ya sea que se trate de experimentarla personalmente, o de conocer la vida de personas famosas a través de libros o películas sobre giras internacionales, presentaciones en espectáculos nocturnos o sus millones de seguidores en Twitter.

En un estudio reciente en Estados Unidos, se clasificó el nombre de individuos famosos mediante un algoritmo desarrollado especialmente para evaluar datos en Internet. Jesús encabezó la lista como la persona más famosa de la historia.

Sin embargo, a Jesús nunca le interesó ser una celebridad. Cuando estuvo en la Tierra, jamás buscó fama (Mateo 9:30; Juan 6:15), aunque esta lo alcanzó cuando noticias sobre Él se difundieron por toda Galilea (Marcos 1:28; Lucas 4:37).

Dondequiera que Jesús iba, se reunían multitudes. Sus milagros atraían a la gente. Pero, cuando intentaron forzarlo para que fuera rey, se escabulló (Juan 6:15). Aunque compartía con su Padre el mismo propósito, se sujetaba a la voluntad y el tiempo de Él (4:34; 8:29; 12:23). «Se humilló a sí mismo, haciéndose obediente hasta la muerte, y muerte de cruz» (Filipenses 2:8).

La meta de Jesús nunca fue la fama. Su propósito era sencillo: como el Hijo de Dios, se ofreció humilde, obediente y voluntariamente como el sacrificio por nuestros pecados.

Señor, exaltado eres sobre todos los demás.

Jesús no vino para ser famoso, sino para ofrecerse humildemente en sacrificio por nuestros pecados.

© 2016 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario

Unser Täglich Brot - Berühmt und bescheiden

Lesen: Philipper 2,1-11 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: Hesekiel 20–21; Jakobus 5

Er erniedrigte sich selbst und ward gehorsam bis zum Tode, ja zum Tode am Kreuz. (Philipper 2,8)

Fast alles dreht sich heute ums Berühmtsein—entweder um das eigene oder das Leben berühmter Leute, das wir in allen Einzelheiten verfolgen. Internationale Konzert-oder Filmauftritte. Interviews in Fernsehshows. Millionen Follower auf Twitter.

In einer jüngsten Studie in Amerika erstellten Forscher mit einem speziell entwickelten Algorithmus, der das Internet durchsuchte, eine Rangliste mit den Namen berühmter Persönlichkeiten. Bei den größten Personen der Geschichte stand Jesus an erster Stelle.

Aber Jesus ging es nie darum, berühmt zu sein. Als er auf der Erde lebte, suchte er nicht den Ruhm (Matth. 9,30; Joh. 6,15), obwohl der Ruhm ihm folgte, je mehr sich die Nachrichten über ihn in Galiläa verbreiteten (Mark. 1,28; Luk. 4,37).

Egal, wohin Jesus kam, sofort strömten die Menschen herbei. Die Wunder, die er tat, zogen die Leute an. Aber als sie versuchten, ihn mit Gewalt zum König zu machen, entkam er ihnen (Joh.6,15). Weil er den Willen seines Vaters tun wollte, bezog er sich immer wieder auf dessen Zeitplan (4,34; 8,29; 12,23). „Er erniedrigte sich selbst und ward gehorsam bis zum Tode, ja zum Tode am Kreuz“ (Phil. 2,8).

Berühmt sein war nie Jesu Absicht. Sein Ziel war einfach. Als Sohn Gottes gab er sich selbst in Demut, Gehorsam und freiwillig als Opfer für unsere Sünden.

Herr, du bist hoch zu loben. Du bist hoch erhöht und hast einen Namen, der über alle Namen ist. Eines Tages werden sich alle Knie vor dir beugen und alle Zungen bekennen, dass du der Herr bist.

Jesus kam nicht, um berühmt zu werden, sondern um sich demütig für unsere Sünden zu opfern.

© 2016 Unser Täglich Brot

Хлеб наш насущный - Слава и смирение

Читать сейчас: Филиппийцам 2:1-11 | Библия за год: Иезекииль 20-21; Титу 3

Смирил Себя, быв послушным даже до смерти, и смерти крестной. — Филиппийцам 2:8

Многие из нас неравнодушны к славе. Мы либо хотим прославиться сами, либо следим за всеми подробностями жизни знаменитых людей. Интересуемся их биографиями и вкусами. Смотрим телепрограммы с их участием. Подписываемся на их каналы в Интернете.

Недавно в США было проведено исследование, в ходе которого выяснялись имена самых известных людей, исходя из упоминаний о них во всемирной сети. Список возглавил Иисус Христос, оказавшись самым известным человеком в истории.

Тем не менее сам Иисус никогда не искал славы и популярности (Мф. 9:30; Ин. 6:15). Слава сама находила Его, вести о Нем быстро распространялись по всей Галилее (Мк. 1:28; Лк. 4:37).

Куда бы Он ни приходил, сразу собиралась толпа. Творимые Им чудеса привлекали множество народа. Но когда люди однажды решили взять Его и насильно сделать царем, Он скрылся от них (Ин. 6:15). Объединенный одной целью с Небесным Отцом, Он неуклонно подчинялся Его воле и срокам (Ин. 4:34; 8:29; 12:23). Он «смирил Себя, быв послушным даже до смерти, и смерти крестной» (Флп. 2:8).

Слава никогда не была целью Христа. Будучи Сыном Божьим, Он смиренно и послушно принес Себя в жертву за наши грехи.

Ты достоин наивысшей славы, Господь. Ты высок и превознесен, Твое имя выше всякого имени. Однажды всякое колено преклонится перед Тобой, и всякий язык исповедует, что Ты – Господь.

Иисус пришел не ради славы, а чтобы смиренно принести Себя в жертву за наши грехи.

© 2016 Хлеб Наш Насущный

Notre Pain Quotidien - Célébrité et humilité

Lisez : Philippiens 2.1‑11 | La Bible en un an : Ézéchiel 20 – 21 et Jacques 5

[Il] s’est humilié lui‑même, se rendant obéissant jusqu’à la mort, même jusqu’à la mort de la croix. (Philippiens 2.8)

Bon nombre de gens sont obsédés par la célébrité, qu’ils se souhaitent à eux‑mêmes ou qu’ils admirent tellement chez les célébrités qu’ils scrutent leur vie à la loupe : livres prisés sur la scène internationale, tournées cinématographiques, apparitions aux émissions de fin de soirée, millions d’adeptes sur Twitter.

Dans une étude réalisée aux États‑Unis, des chercheurs ont dressé la liste des célébrités à l’aide d’un algorithme spécialement conçu pour explorer Internet. Or, Jésus vient au premier rang des célébrités de toute l’Histoire.

Bien que Jésus n’ait jamais cherché à obtenir le statut de célébrité (MT 9.30 ; JN 6.15), la notoriété s’est attachée à lui ici‑bas dès que la nouvelle à son sujet s’est répandue comme une traînée de poudre dans toute la Galilée (MC 1.28 ; LU 4.37).

Partout où Jésus allait, les foules se réunissaient sans tarder. Ses miracles attiraient les gens à lui. Par contre, lorsque les gens ont tenté de le faire roi par la force, il s’est retiré seul (JN 6.15). Uni à son Père par une même destinée, il n’a cessé de tourner les gens vers la volonté et l’échéancier du Père (4.34 ; 8.29 ; 12.23). « [Il] s’est humilié lui‑même, se rendant obéissant jusqu’à la mort, même jusqu’à la mort de la croix » (PH 2.8).

Jésus n’a jamais eu pour objectif de devenir célèbre. Son but était simple : s’offrir en sacrifice à titre de Fils de Dieu avec humilité, obéissance et intention afin d’expier nos péchés.

Jésus est venu non pour devenir célèbre, mais pour se sacrifier.

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