Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bearing His Disgrace

And so Jesus suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. Let us then go to Him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace He bore. For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come. Hebrews 13:12-14

Do you ever feel lonely? Have you endured insults for your convictions? Have you suffered for your obedience? Then there is good news! You are in the company of Jesus.

Jesus endured the rejection of religious leaders; He even endured their scorn, and attempts to trap him. He also was ridiculed by His own family... Have you noticed though that even when He was misunderstood and rejected, He continued to "set His face like a flint" and determined to do the will of His Father?

He told us we, as His followers, would be hated. He told us we would have a cross to carry. We can choose to pick it up daily, or we can choose to ignore His word, and fit in; or go with the flow. Will you set your face like a flint to be obedient to Him? Will you go outside the camp, and bear the disgrace He bore?

Not by might, not by power, but by His Spirit! I pray blessings for you as you walk in obedience out of your love for Jesus.


Julie said...

Thanks so much for your visit to my blog and your sweet words. I truly believe God will restore all the locusts have eaten.

Thanks for encouraging me!

Hope you are doing well!

D.J. Hughes said...

These are such timely words! Thank you for your obedience to write them. Your words bring much comfort and encouragement.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

An intentional Jesus... perhaps one of the character traits of him I admire the most. His deliberate choice to walk through to victory. Even so, set my face like flint, Lord Jesus!


Karen said...

Kathy.. there was a sign outside a storage company that I never said..

to do the right thing, is almost always hard ,and some times lonely, and degrating,,but always worth it for God..
Great post..
have a blessed weekend

Jane Leroux said...

So true Kathy and so encouraging ;
Every one else has a better chance if we keep our face toward Jesus. Seeking to follow God. Love you

Darlene Schacht said...

I love the way you draw "go outside the camp" from scripture. It makes me want to search that in the Old Testament again. It's so rich used in this context. Love the post. Thank you!!