Many pray, and say, “Lord your will be done on earth as in heaven.” BINGO! You just might have talked your way into filling shoes you may not want to fill. So, be careful of what you ask, said Jesus. As for this padre, he hopes you will ask because we need you.
Jesus was talking to two of his followers, James and John. They said, “Teacher we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” Jesus replied, “What do you want me to do for you.” They answered, “Grant us that we may sit, one on your right hand and the other on your left in your glory.” Jesus answered them, Note carefully, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” Texts Mark 10:35-38.
The qualifying question then, and reaching us today. Is whether or not the followers of Christ are up to being immersed in the baptism of Christ? Baptism is the commitment to change the world. To be able to drink the cup of Christ. Means exhausting work lies ahead for those in the service of Christ. It will make you thirsty. With no guarantee that the thirst will be quenched. From the cross Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” Then Jesus said, “It is finished.” Text John 19:30.
Do we, modern day Christ followers have the stamina to really be finishers for Christ? That may well end in the loss of ones life? Or, are we more interested in respectability? As the suggested by the question put to Jesus. What the world needs is for more Christians to take upon themselves the deeper meaning of baptism. Christ came into the world to change it, and that’s what baptism represents. And to drink from the cup He drank from, as taught through the symbolism of holy communion.
An immense challenge lies ahead as America hangs in the balance of teetering into oblivion, as the standard bearer of decency. We are in this mess because the church has lost its respectability. It has become a immersed in politics and self serving empires. More concerned with the perspectives of James and John than being world changers for Christ.
This padre sees no chance for change. Instead the converse will occur. Meaning the church will become more of the problem than the solution. As this age, moves forward to conclusion. There will be a very different tomorrow.
Interested in exploring the end of our current ways and the ways of that new tomorrow. Arrangements can be made through the Contact Us link on my Home page. Living room conversations work well, as do other forums where people can gather.
CfC is a church without wall, and therefore, without membership.