11. a. Actions and attitudes we must have as outlined in Matthew 10:32-42:
- Stand up for Jesus against world opinion. (from the Message Bible)
- Forget about yourself and look to Jesus. (from the Message Bible)
- Put God first and prefer Him above family members.
- “Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you.”
- “Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me.”
- “Accepting someone’s help is as good as giving someone help.”
- “Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God’s messenger.” (Message Bible)
- “The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice.” (Message Bible)
b. Accepting help is more difficult for me than giving it. That attitude is a red flag emblazoned with PRIDE!
The tasks God has given me have become more involved. Last week when I described to a family member some disturbing physical sensations I was experiencing, he said it sounded like an anxiety attack.
Rather than confessing to the Lord my inability to handle it all (in my own strength,) I sat myself down in an emotional pile of ashes and threw a grand pity party in my honor. My desire was to look like a hero so others would say, “How does she do it?”
Father, forgive me!
My desire should be to bring glory to You, Lord. It is You who gives me the ability to do all things through You, Christ, who gives me the strength and sends help when I need it and humbly ask for it.
Perhaps that goes back to sending laborers for the harvest. I never thought of praying for laborers to assist me in my own calling. I always thought of asking for laborers to go into far away places.
I think it means both.
So thankful for that revelation!
12. a. I think Jesus was speaking here of the Jewish people. They witnessed the miracles first hand. They had the opportunity to compare His life and actions to the details prophesied about the coming Messiah.
Yet the Pharisees and others rejected and crucified Him. Those who did follow Him were ultimately hated and rejected by their own families. That behavior continues to this day.
b. The Jews for the most part, reject Jesus as the Messiah. They don’t even see Christians as a sect of Judaism.
Other religions consider believers in Jesus Christ to be infidels and their sworn enemies.
Also, those who truly put the Lord first above a family business, family activities, and family ideals are misunderstood and sometimes rejected by their own families.