My heart overflows with passion, pain and determination. How is a Jesus follower supposed to feel when they realize the people they spend each and everyday with do not exercise for care what happens to people around the world but instead are only practicing concern for their own well being? How are we supposed to respond to that? In this modern day it seems that the hearts cry of many Christians must be given a mute button because it could get you fired at your job or it could get you a lower grade under the wrong professor. In a world where you must create a “professional” version of yourself what do you do with your passionate heart and mind for 8 hours (or more) day after day? How do you keep alive the dream and the outcry through this repetitive suppression? For these 8 hours your should not get on your knees to pray. For these 8 hours you should not shout in praise. Personally I find this difficult. When those around you have no desire to even be aware of the going on’s of the world(especially outside there own country). . . Where does that leave you? When you find yourself inwardly mourning for even these very people who do not see their own need. What do you do? Surely we are not supposed to irritate people with our love for righteousness. What do we do with the fact that righteousness has become an irritation?
As young Christians leaders not only in America but across the board we are affected by change of the times. Social media has made us much more aware of what is happening on physical and spiritual war fronts. This effects our generation(and the upcoming) wholly in the way we live and carry ourselves each and every morning with the world happenings in the palm of our hand(phone). This changes the weight we take upon ourselves mentally. We then carry this knowledge whilst still continuing to do all that it takes to aquire educations and work ranks. We study beyond our college assignments and we travel often with an abundance of mission opportunities that have seemingly increased in popularity among most churches. So inevitably we are going to carry some heavy things in our hearts. Not with our heads down or spirits crushed but with an attitude of taking very seriously the need for determination and passion towards being Gods hands and feet.
God did not force people. He did not seek those who did not want to hear Him. His existence and example drew people to him and they were the ones who learned His ways and began Christ-like living. But we are not all traveling ministers living off master carpentry skills on the side with a crowd searching to hear us. Most of us have workplaces where we must be for the majority of our lives in order to survive financially. This restrains many of us from following the footsteps of role models like Paul the Apostle. How are we supposed to envision Paul or Jesus in the positions most of us find ourselves in today? At work, at school, & any other place where freedom of speech might take away freedom to make a career and an income.
I cannot suppress the expressions that come to my face when I pray for those who are in great need There is no choice but to either explain myself or let the unspoken accusations fly around me at the work place as well as school. When I try to imagine Jesus I see him often having to explain Himself to those around Him because He was so very different. If He were my co-worker I would envision His strongest traits among professionalism to be a calming presence, love and patience. I am curious to know what traits you the readers firstly imagine in such a situation. Having said all of this I do not believe we are completely left to our imaginations on the subject. We may not have any stories about Jesus working as a truck driver with an anxious boss, at Starbucks with an angry co-worker, or studying under a prideful professor but we do have examples in the Bible of how He responded to anger, anxiety, and pride among many other things from people throughout His life and teachings. So this lead me to simply say “Let me ask Jesus”. I began looking for the reactions that He gave people in the Bible and see His answer.
Matthew 9:9-11 shows a situation with flying accusations and perhaps some anxiety from the pharisees and yet Jesus simply proceeded to sit down at the table with the tax collectors and sinners. Although he did explain himself to the pharisees after they made some comments out loud he did not stop what he was doing. In Mark 1 Jesus confused people by asking someone less then Him to baptize Him but He did not worry about confronting the issue. Jesus did not condemned them. He inquired about them. He showed Love to them (See John 4). When Jesus was personally insulted as one who is doing miracles he never became worried or angry. He just told them that He was being guided by the father in heaven. Surely this got some sideways looks but it seems to me that Jesus carried His knowledge and responsibility VERY WELL without ever worrying about the outcome of speaking the truth and living righteously. The common denominator I found is that Jesus was not ever rocked or swayed by any emotions and comments that came from people on account of being true to doing what is right and his reactions were always calm because He remained un-bothered. But please do not let this paragraph of examples be enough for you. Read through the Bible for yourself and let yourself ask Jesus.