An Uncompromising Message

The dictionary’s definition of
uncompromising is “making no concessions; unyielding; without reservation or
exception; undeviating.” 
 This doesn’t
exactly describe our loving Savior! … Or does it? When a sacrifice had to be
made on behalf of all of mankind, Jesus stepped up in love. He loved us so
deeply, in fact, that he surrendered his spiritual home for a time and
presented himself as a lamb to the slaughter for the forgiveness of our sins. 
That’s a kind of love that our human brains may never be able to fully
comprehend. But at the same time, once he arrived, Jesus certainly made no
excuses for the seriousness of his mission. This loving Savior of ours often
came off to unbelievers — both then and now — as harsh. He was no politician;
he never once changed in deference to the unwillingness of others to
comfortably receive his message.
When
one of his disciples told Jesus (in Matthew 15) that the Pharisees were
offended by his teachings, he didn’t apologize for what he knew to be the
truth. The main objective of Christ was to deliver that truth to an
unsuspecting world; and he also knew that it wasn’t going to be well received
in some circles. Did that stop him from delivering it?
From
birth to death to resurrection, Jesus never once compromised on his message:

  • Humble yourselves before the Word of God.
  • You can only repent of sin after you’ve
    acknowledged its power over your life.
  • Hit your knees and receive the forgiveness and
    redemption promised to you because you can’t get to God any other way.
  • Now get up and walk the path of grace, sharing it
    with others.

When
the beggar at the temple gate (in Acts 3) asked Peter and John for help, he had
a specific picture in his mind of the kind of help he wanted: Money. He was probably stunned, even irritated
at first, when Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I
give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”
Though
he may not have realized it then, the beggar undoubtedly later looked back on
that moment at the gate as a pivotal turning point in his life and, more
importantly, in the lives of countless witnesses.
A
turning point, which always starts with one small step, can only be recognized
as such after the passage of time. When Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin in
1793, for instance, he no doubt hadn’t looked beyond the simple goal of
creating an easier way of separating cotton from its seeds. He probably had no
idea that his little invention would spur the South’s economy into a plantation
system, initiating a conflict with the North that contributed to the Civil War
and beyond! How could Whitney have known that his single invention would mark a
turning point in American history?
Like
in the case of the beggar at the temple gate, often what we think we need is
not at all what will set us free in the bigger picture; however, in Acts 3, we
learn that all things come to a straightforward and uncompromising resolution
through faith in Jesus Christ.
Simply
stated: Repent, then,
and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing
may come from the Lord,
and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even
Jesus.”
-Acts 3:19-20
Jesus
Christ never wavered or compromised; and yet he delivered a resolute and
steadfast message that was consistently wrapped in love and which was always
based in the fact that he — unlike us! — knew the end result. Despite the fact
that we may look foolish to unbelievers, following the directives set before us
by a loving and omnipotent God is so simple at the core:
Tell
the truth
(and it shall set you free); turn toward Christ (because we
can never please God without doing so); trust in
God’s works
in your life (because He’s faithful to
complete them); examine yourself and confess your sins (as
you minister to others from your experience). 
Easy?
Not always. But simple in the miraculous and unwavering candor of the message?
Absolutely.

 
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Sandra D. Bricker is a best-selling and award-winning author of laugh-out-loud romantic comedy for the Christian market. Her most recent book, Always the Designer Never the Bride is the third of a series of four novels in the Another Emma Rae Creation series from Abingdon Press Fiction. Check out her BLOG and sign up to receive her weekly posts by e-mail.  

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