Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the two year reading plan the church is participating in. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.
Read Mark 14:43-51; 66-72
God calls us, as Christians to live with other people. We’re supposed to love them. But it isn’t always nice or easy. In these two stories, Jesus is betrayed and denied by some of his closest friends during the hardest period of his life on earth. But I find it interesting that being hurt by his friends doesn’t change who Jesus is. It’s easy to think that when people hurt me, it’s because I deserve to be hurt. Nope. Jesus is Jesus, no matter how people treat him… and they treat him really terribly throughout these chapters. That’s just a side effect of living with fallen people. But none of that can stop God’s plan or who he created us to be. Jesus goes on to save the world, even though he was betrayed by Judas. Peter goes on to spread the gospel, even though he once denied Christ. And me? Even when I’m hurt by someone or by myself, I’m exactly the same as I ever was: redeemed and on God’s path for me.
For Reflection: Have you ever had a friend let you down? Have you prayed that God will work through that situation?
Read Exodus 2:1-10
In re-reading this story, I think that Moses’ sister might be one of my new favorite Bible characters. After Moses’ mother puts him in a basket and hides him, because she doesn’t want him killed, the sister goes to watch what will happen. The way she intervenes is really beautiful to me: “Should I go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” After reflecting on the pain of life with other fallen people, it’s good to remember that people can also help. I want to be a friend like this sister. Someone on the lookout, with everyone’s best interest in mind. Someone willing to speak up. Someone who can facilitate. And I need to have friends like that in my life. Of course it won’t always be easy, but it’s the other way God works. Sometimes he sends a person to make it happen for you.
For Reflection: What kind of friend are you? Are you on the lookout for how can help in people’s lives?
Reflections written by Amy Giacalone