On Whose Terms
by Berni Dymet
Luke 9:5 Wherever they do not welcome you, as you are leaving that town shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.
The thought of Jesus rejecting someone - well, it's almost incomprehensible isn't it….or is it?
Jesus sends His disciples out, two by two - on a missionary field trip. Some hands on training. He tells them they can't take anything with them, oh and by the way, find your own accommodation. Wherever you enter a house stay there until you leave. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.
Doesn't quite fit with the image of a gentle, loving Jesus - a gentle, loving God does it? Shake the dust off your feet?!
That's because we live in a me-centered world. In a world where we're told that it's all about me….we start looking at God that way too. But let's get this clear. He loves us. He wants us - but we can't have Him on our terms. We can only have God on His terms. And those terms are simple.
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