“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me …”
We face our own martyrdom and become confessors at least in a small but significant way each day. Each day we stand before the powers of the world in our daily life and face opportunities and choices in confessing the truth or not. All of us have probably felt ourselves shrink back before the pressure of displeasure of others if we confess Christ before family, friends or colleagues.
Pleasing people and pleasing God is not always simultaneously possible. We can agree with a snide remark about another mutually disrespected person and unite in judgment against them, so pleasing a man but displeasing God. We can condone something we know is wrong and not blessed by God through our silence or participation, and end up pleasing a person but not the Lord.
Is God so abstract to us and objectified that we don’t think of His pleasure? Is our image in front of men so important to us that we will bend to avoid their displeasure at all costs? When the Truth stands before us in the Person of Our Lord Jesus Christ, do we ask with Pilate: “What is Truth?” missing The Truth Who is before us?
Living the Truth is linked to knowing the Lord and our relationship with Him. When the Truth is known as a Person and not as a series of facts, then obeying the Truth or disobeying has consequence as far as our intimate relation with the Lord is concerned. Our life in Christ is in the balance. Though He is truly merciful, He is not a liar.
So let us all pray that in everything we do, think or say, that it all may be pleasing unto God. We can even make this prayer before we write a difficult e-mail or have a tough conversation: “Lord, I ask that the words that I write/say may be pleasing unto Thee.” If we begin to think about pleasing the Lord first, our life will be clear and we will find real peace within, though it might cause a few other outward problems …Well, we should get used to the fact that we can’t always have it both ways!