“On hearing it, many of his disciples said, ‘This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?’” -Mark 6:60 (NIV)
We seem to conveniently ignore those teachings of Christ which make us uncomfortable. When He informs us of something we need to grasp, why do we not take hold of it? When He implores us to let go of certain things, why do we hold on? In our refusal to surrender all that we have to Christ, we make excuses. We say that it is impossible for us to go that extra mile for our Lord; even going to the extent of misconstruing the Word of God to justify our attitudes. If our faith is based on grabbing hold of those teachings of Christ which humors our ears and shunning those which bring us discomfort, then we have no right to claim that we are seeking after Christ. If anything we are seeking to please ourselves; to bring comfort to ourselves at the expense of living in and for Christ.
When we enter into a relationship with Christ, we do not accept a portion of Him, we accept all of Him. His restorative work in our lives is total and in order to make His righteousness perfect in us, we must surrender ourselves to His will and yield to His teachings. Christ does not expect us to grasp and live up to His teachings on our own strength and effort. He knows full well of our limitations and our propensity to error. It is only when we allow Him to mold our hearts and attitudes, asking Him to illumine our minds and make ourselves malleable in His hands, will we be receptive to His Truth, seeking to understand it and apply it to our lives. The Christian life is not a smorgasbord where we have the opportunity to pick and choose what teachings we should hold on to. As children of Christ, we live in total obedience to our Father, dwelling in the faithful and tangible assurance that God promises good things for His children and that it is not in His will to seek harm. If we truly desire to have His redemptive and restorative mission in our lives, we must actively seek to conform ourselves to Him; allowing Him to enable us to conform ourselves to His likeness so that we live under the joy and security of being in total synchronization with Him.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.