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Scripture Reference: Gospel of John 12: 1-7, Matthew 26: 6-13, Mark 14: 3-9
Discussion Point 6: “Jesus paired the gospel with a relationship of love that expresses itself in loving service.” – Elisa Morgan, page 37
Mary of Bethany took action to display her love for Jesus, and she was criticized as a result. Criticism did not hinder her actions. When people see you, do they see your love for and humble submission to Jesus? Is your love for him evident in your daily life? If the answers to both questions are, “Yes,” then what reaction can you expect from human beings as a result? When Mary of Bethany chose an expensive offering, Judas criticized. I sometimes hear people take pride in themselves when someone else “talks about” them as a result of their Christian beliefs. Criticism leaves us hurt, but criticism is not true persecution.
Putting it all in Prospective
We are protected by the laws of this country, and are free to worship whatever and however we choose. On rare occasions, we hear stories of Americans standing for the sake of Christ, and suffering real persecution in this country. I recall several years ago when there seemed to be a rampage of shootings at local grade schools. During one incident, a shooter asked the kids to stand up if they loved Jesus. One little boy stood up and was shot to death. It took courage for him to stand, and now he is standing arm-in-arm with the martyrs who have died all across the world.
Our Christian brethren stand in China and face persecution on a daily basis. On American soil, we may only be subjected to embarrassment or criticism for our Christian beliefs.
Do we allow the possibility of embarrassment or criticism to prevent us from taking a stand? Does it prevent us from giving God our all, or prevent us from giving him our best?