Am I Fickle?
This is day 34 of my 40 day Lenten blog.
When Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey the crowds cheered Him. They waved palm branches and laid their coats on the ground for Him. They wanted Him to be their king, the Messiah. But then they realized that He didn't come to create the kingdom that they wanted. He wasn't going to raise an army and destroy the Romans. So they turned on Him and demanded He be crucified.
How fickle the mob is. One day they love you the next they hate you. Am I part of the mob? Do I love Jesus as long as He is doing what I want Him to do, only to turn from Him and nail Him to a cross the moment He doesn't do what I want? Am I only going to be His servant while He's popular? Do I only want Jesus for what He can give me? Will I abandon Him at the first sign of trouble? Will I denounce Him when it is no longer popular to support Him? Will I call for His blood?
Jesus does not conform to this world and He never will. We must conform to Him. If we do not conform to Him, if we expect Him to conform to us, then we are not really His servants and we shall be cast out into the darkness with the unbelievers where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Many people throughout history have discovered that being Christ's servants leads to imprisonment, torture, and even death. Have I really made that kind of commitment to Him? I ask myself that question all the time, and pray that I have.
Today's prayer: Lord, help me to not be part of the fickle mob. Give me the strength to serve You especially when it is dangerous to do so. Please let me never lose my faith and if I am ever persecuted for my faith, please strengthen and comfort me so that I do not fall.
R.C. VanLandingham lives in Florida with his wife and kids.He is the author of several books including the Christian fantasy books Peter Puckett & The Amulet of Eternity, Peter Puckett & the Enchanted Chalice, and Magdalene Hope & the Elves of Evermore.