devotional post # 2040
Luk 19:45 Then Jesus entered the temple courts and began to drive out those who were selling things there,
Luk 19:46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house will be a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of robbers!”
Luk 19:47 He was teaching daily in the temple courts. The chief priests and the experts in the law and the prominent leaders among the people were seeking to assassinate him,
Luk 19:48 but they could not find a way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.
ministry in the line of fire
I have always admired those who serve as military chaplains. In the US military, chaplains are officers, and everybody knows that snipers aim for the officers’ insignia first. And chaplains are there without weapons, ready to offer spiritual help for the needy, doing their ministry in the line of fire.
Jesus’ final ministry in Jerusalem was like that. He was the target of all those leaders who wanted him out of the way. But he kept teaching and defending the sanctity of his Father’s house against those who took advantage of others to make money.
Spiritual leadership tends to turn you into a target. But being faithful to that ministry despite this is following Christ’s example.
LORD, give us the courage to follow your example and minister even when we become targets.