Friday: 4th October, 2019
Luke 10:13 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
In a critique of today’s text, if one was to take the side of the people of Bethsaida and Chorazin, we would be quick to say that the words of Jesus were a bit harsh on them and the comparison even unfair. Furthermore, the basis for comparison would be different because the times, mode and content of the messages sent to either cities had variations in them. All these affected the eventual outcome of ‘no repentance’.
We could go on providing a list of all the many reasons Jesus may not have spoken ‘right’, or we could look at it from an alternative perspective. The summary of his statement was this, ‘the people of Tyre and Sidon would have repented if they had the same opportunity you had’.
That clearly sounded like a critique, but what if we looked at it this way ‘if others can make the most of an opportunity, why can’t we?’ If we can answer yes to the question: ‘if others had the opportunities we had, would their outcomes be any better than ours’, then we should be motivated to also strive further.
Regardless of how we see things, taking on the role of a ‘victim’ as the people of Bethsaida and Chorazin might be tempted to adopt does not really help matters because then, we won’t be interested in using the key contents of any message to make adjustments to our way of living. Beloved, we will be compared with others many times on our journey. At such times, we should not always close our minds but where appropriate, use them as opportunities to give off our very best.