DAY 130 OF 365 IN 2021
John 16:2 They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God.
It is quite sad that Jesus suggests the arrival of a moment in time, the point where the killing of people would be considered service to God, what a mindset that was! We get a glimpse of the fulfilling of these words in the early life of Paul where zeal for God drove him to persecute the church, even becoming a proud witness of Stephen’s martyrdom.
However, as much the Word highlights the real prospect of persecution and history records accounts of men and women who willingly offered up their lives to stand for their firm resolve in the resurrected Christ, that resolve is very different from being in a certain state of mind permanently.
The place where one loses the distinction between what is right and what is not. The point where there is no black or white, only grey; that is a dangerous place to be in. The writer of Hebrews gives us a glimpse into what it means to grow: ‘But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.’
Thus, no matter how subjective our standards become as a people, no matter the level of mixing between light and darkness, there is an objective standard that remains unchanged. There is a right and wrong, at least in the matters of the kingdom, dos and don’ts. One cannot therefore take on a position where their actions contrast the very desire and will of God as written and revealed.
Beloved, service to God is a labour of love: Love for God and love of neighbour. If the two are in contrast, it hints at the need for a review.