Saturday, September 01, 2007

CQOD: 09/04/07 -- Adams: seeing Jesus in you

Christian Quotation of the Day

September 4, 2007
Commemoration of Birinus, Bishop of Dorchester (Oxon), Apostle of Wessex,

    [Jesus:] If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me.
    -- John 15:18-21 (NIV)

    If all you have found [in Christianity] is advantage, whether it is fun or profit or security, then you haven’t started following Him yet. His way is the way of the Cross. The world can be very hard on those it hates. If it is not hard on you, perhaps it sees nothing in you to hate. But then it doesn’t see Jesus in you, for it hates Jesus with an undying hatred. While your way is still all fun, all easy, all jolly, it is only your way: when you turn from it to follow His way, it will cost. It may cost you everything you have. That is what it cost Him.
    ... Robert MacColl Adams (1913-1985), “Of Rice and Men”

    For the entire essay, see

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me a heart to overcome the world's hatred.

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Blogger E.W. Rodgers said...

But then it's always a good idea also to bear in mind the words of one of my seminary professors who was (I think) borrowing from C.F.W. Walther. He said, "Just because the world hates you doesn't mean that they're seeing Jesus in you. You might just be a jerk."

September 3, 2007 at 11:38 PM  

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