Thursday, January 05, 2017

Chadwick: wise and foolish sacrifices

Thursday, January 5, 2017
    Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.”
    —Mark 3:20-21 (ESV)
    There is a curious betrayal of the popular estimate of this world and the world to come, in the honour paid to those who cast away life in battle, or sap it slowly in the pursuit of wealth or honours, and the contempt expressed for those who compromise life on behalf of souls, for which Christ died. Whenever, by exertion in any unselfish cause, health is broken, or fortune impaired, or influential friends estranged, the follower of Christ is called an enthusiast, a fanatic, or even more plainly a man of unsettled mind. He may be comforted by remembering that Jesus was said to be beside Himself when teaching and healing left Him not leisure even to eat.
    ... G. A. Chadwick (1840-1923), The Gospel According to St. Mark, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1891, p. 91-92 (see the book)
    See also Mark 3:20-27; Isa. 53:4; Matt. 8:17; Mark 6:31; John 4:31-34; 10:19-21; 1 Cor. 1:22-28
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, make me to forget my reputation for Your sake.
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