Tuesday, 26 January 2021
John 6:59-60 Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as He taught at Capernaum. When many of His disciples heard it, they said, "This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?"
So not everything that Jesus said and taught was accepted by those who were following Him at the time. Some of the things He said caused people to turn away, to grumble and complain. Some of the people who followed Him - rather like most of what happens on Twitter today - are not really committed to following His teaching, His authority and His way of life; they are only interested in the sensational and are waiting to see if He makes any mistakes and then to laugh at Him.
When challenged by something He says - and He has just said something that needs some thought and careful attention to understand - people who are not committed just shrug their shoulders and walk away, complaining that it is too hard or too difficult, when what they really mean is that they didn't like it, can't be bothered to do it or don't want to make that kind of commitment. They then try to shift the blame from themselves on to Him by making it His fault.
Do you shift the blame for your life on to God? Do you blame Him for the bad decisions you have made and adopt an air of victim-hood, allowing you to shrug your shoulders and tell everyone it isn't your fault?
It's time we all stopped playing silly games and engaged with God seriously. Are you up for that, or is it easier to be a victim?