Inconvenienced? Yes, but worth enduring because of the pleasure it brought.
Camping in the backcountry carries many inconveniences, among them acquiring water. Securing water is not actually the major hassle; making it safe to drink is. Most water sources are contaminated, and consuming it unpurified puts one at major risk for illness. Several methods are available: boiling, iodine tablets, and filtering. The most convenient wayÖbut one that carries a small risk, is pumping it through a filtering system. This renders it immediately drinkable and leaves no aftertaste.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14 NKJV). The word from which ďdweltĒ is translated carries the connotation of camping. Jesus camped out among humanity when he took on human flesh. He too knew a little about inconvenience.
Accomplishing the Fatherís will put Jesus on a collision course with the religious elite, the political authorities, and occasionally the common people. You would think his kindness, generosity, and love for all people would have impressed everyone, but it didnít. So inconvenient did obeying his Father become that it eventually led to his death.
Iíve discovered the same. I didnít initially choose to follow Jesus because it was convenient. I had already witnessed for a number of years the inconvenience it caused my parents. Nor have I continued to serve him because itís necessarily expedient. Loving the unlovable, speaking a message thatís often countercultural, and trusting the unknown in the absence of proof arenít always easy, but theyíre the proper course of action.
Jesus said the burden of following him was easy; he didnít say it was convenient. Are you inconveniencing yourself for the one who inconvenienced himself for you?
Prayer: Thank You Lord Jesus for shouldering the cross in payment for our sins when it wasnít convenient. Prompt us to serve You with the same kind of love You served us with. www.lovelinesfromgod.com
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I'm not sure "convenient" is the right word you are looking for here... It is an easy word to through around, but the real thing that upset the apple cart with Jesus is that everything He did was bathed in surrender. The establishment was not a stranger to inconvenience and hardship. Their challenge was that they were attempting to manage every stone of what they wanted to build. It never occurred to them that letting go (repentance) and letting God (surrender) was the way to go and they had no intention of changing course. Two different campers can be equally inconvenienced, but it's the camper with the bent knee that gets the job done. Jeff. http://managedsurrender.com/