Let’s be rebels, you and I! Let’s throw off the restraints of society: it’s cultural and religious expectations, customs, opinions and norms. Let’s rebel!
Our society is obsessed with rebels: movies, television, music, art, politics, etc. No I’m not talking about worldly rebellion. I’m not telling you to stop vaccinating your kids, to be vegan, to wear black clothes, grow a green mohawk,get a bunch of ink-work, listen to punk and metal music, buy a motorcycle and the like (the latter five were me by the way: and the picture was of me before the mohawk and suicide attempt).
No, I’m calling to be a real rebel, to be like, Jesus. Reject societal norms, associating with the lowly and rejected themselves. After all, our, Lord associated with tax collectors and sinners. He chose for His own the most hated in His society. We glance over this fact, that, Jesus choose a tax collector to follow Him (Matthew 9:11)…absolutely scandalous in first century Palestine under the harsh yoke of Roman occupation. To say they were hated is an incredible understatement!
Who knows, perhaps the, Lord can use a divorced, prior heathen, Suicide survivor for His glory? I’m hoping so!
And let’s reject the religious norms of our day, as Jesus did in His. It’s shallow obedience to the, Lord, it’s self righteousness and pride. It’s fixation upon this world and the things of it. Let’s be so committed to the Word of God and our King that we would rather die than disobey.
Let’s love the unlovable, the decatant and the holy. Let’s so express the love of the living, God that it astounds everyone around us.
Let’s be so selfless that we would put anyone first before ourselves like our Lord did. Let’s serve all with utter gladness because were created in His image, and commanded to do so. Reason enough!
Let’s do all this only in obedience to our, God, and with complete disregard as to the “worthiness” of those we love and help. We do these things because our, Lord did, He lives and demands us to follow His example.
Out of all the “rebellious” things I’ve done in my life, the most rebellious, worthwhile and absolutely countercultural thing I’ve yet to do is unashamedly follow my Lord, Jesus Christ.
Let’s be like, Jesus, by His power and guidance: let’s rebel!
“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:12-13).
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35).
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD” (Isaiah 55:8).
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
“Later, as Jesus was dining at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with Him and His disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’c For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Matthew 9:10-13)
Most Merciful, God, we praise and thank You for your love and mercy shown to us in Your Beloved, Son Jesus Christ! We are so unworthy, Lord, we are so weak, easily distracted by this world, and luke-warm for You. Please forgive us O, God, please mold us and shape us. Ignite us O Great all consuming Fire by Your, Holy Spirit. For You are the potter, we are but clay. This world loves what is different, what is countercultural, what is against the norm. In a world of fads and posers, let us be real, let us be different, let us mirror, Jesus. Let us love as You love, break our hearts for what breaks Yours and rejoice for what brings You pleasure. Make us Mighty, rebels for, Christ. Start a revival through us Most Merciful, God. We love and adore, praise and glorify. Please increase as we decrease. To Your honor, in our Lord, Jesus’ holy name. Amen.