26 Sep God-Pleaser (Lk 9:18) by Dr. Rich Reich
“Jesus put the question to them, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’” ~ Lk 9:18 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: Before Jesus asked His disciples who He was (Lk 9:20), Jesus asked: “Who do the crowds say that I am?” (Lk 9:18) Jesus did this to show we must separate ourselves from the crowd if we are to truly acknowledge Him as the Messiah, Lord, and God. To the crowds, Jesus is not popular. The crowd took part in crucifying Jesus, and it has not changed today. Our culture crucifies and ridicules everything that Jesus stands for: selflessness, sacrifice, and love. Therefore, we are enemies of Christ and His cross if we are a crowd-pleaser. Being Pro-Life is not popular, because it follows in the footsteps of Jesus Christ and goes against the crowd. (Jer 1:5) Those who carry the cross in defense of the unborn are ridiculed and judged, but they should take comfort in knowing that this is minimal compared to the suffering that abortion causes. Do not worry about pleasing the crowds, but take comfort in pleasing God by defending the unborn.
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the National LIFE Runners Team. He is married to Erica and lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Full bio.
Faith Challenge: Be a God-pleaser and not a crowd-pleaser. Defend the unborn no matter how unpopular it may be.
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Feast Day: Saints Cosmas and Damian
Faith Quote: “Sometimes God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves.” ~ Joni Eareckson Tada
Through Christ our Lord,