Hard Talk

Therefore, when many of His disciples heard this, they said, “This teaching is hard! Who can accept it?” ..From that moment many of His disciples turned back and no longer accompanied Him. John 6:60, 66

You may have heard of the term hard-liners. The dictionary.com describe the term as, “People who support a strict, fixed set of ideas that are often extreme, and who refuse to accept any change in them.” People referred to as rigid not easily compromised of their principles and what they believe in. True Christians are expected to be hard-liners. Everything about what they believe in, is not flexible and provides no room for human additions.

The author of the Word, God himself, expects it to remain so. Matthew 5:18 “For I assure you: Until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or one stroke of a letter will pass from the law until all things are accomplished.” There is need for us christians to understand that compromised word is of the devil and that rigidity in ‘thus says the Lord’ is what God expect of those who chose to follow Him. Jesus did not make easy matters of salvation and did not make trivialize sin, It was clear in all that he said that matters of salvation are serious to God and those who choose to follow him.

For the disciples then and even today it was important for them to know that as representatives of God they need to get the reality of God’s word in ways they can share it without play. If that seriousness was not found in them then they are not ready to be disciples of Christ carrying the gospel of salvation to all people. 

Messengers of God have the understanding that telling others of the word of God is a risky business. As some people find the word hard and piercing they repel and reject the messengers. And many of God’s messengers have died in the hands of those who would have been blessed by the word. Their hearts have chosen a different path, the kind that would be comfortable to them. Isaiah 6:9 “And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.” This seem to be their state.

David saw the Word of God differently and remarked in Psalms 119:11 “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” This is what the Word should be like for us, a guide to life eternal. Let it point to me what need be done or undone to make my life worthy of God’s kingdom.

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