"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: December 6

 “These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also … these … do contrary to the decrees … saying that there is another king, one Jesus” ~ Acts 6b, 7

Jesus Christ was king in the lives of those early disciples and for that reason their ordinary daily lives literally defined holy boldness. They did turn the “world upside down.”

Anyone who truly follows Christ lives in a world viewed from the other end of the glass. From the viewpoint of God Himself. Jesus Christ walked into human history and literally turned the world’s philosophy upside down!

To the Epicureans who lived for the experience of pleasure, He cried “… except a corn of wheat fall into the ground an die, it abideth alone.” They were grabbing life according to their own pleasurable desires. He stood before them and told them to lose their lives for His sake! He turned their “world upside down.”

To the Stoics who stood with their chins out saying, “We can take anything, therefore we will find truth by self-suppression and discipline,” He said He had come to give a more abundant life. “By me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go out and find pasture.” He turned their “bloody but unbowed” world of human endurance and self-suppression upside down and poured His own blood over it that they might live! Abundantly.

The Israelites had cursed their enemies. Jesus turned their world upside down too by telling them to “bless them that persecute you.”

Everything about Him turns everything about us “upside down” and it makes us dizzy when we realize that His way is the way we were intended to live “in the beginning” when God created [us]!” Only sin is “upside down” from God’s point of view.

“Lord, I believe… Lord, I believe.”

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