Forsaking All I Trust Him – Day 15

July 20, 2011

Serving God in perilous times takes a heart that is willing to “forsake all”

Joseph, he of Arimathea, noble and honorable in rank and a respected member of the council (Sanhedrin), who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, daring the consequences, took courage and ventured to go to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.  But Pilate wondered whether He was dead so soon, and, having called the centurion, he asked him whether [Jesus] was already dead.  And when he learned from the centurion [that He was indeed dead], he gave the body to Joseph.  And Joseph bought a [fine] linen cloth [for swathing dead bodies], and, taking Him down from the cross, he rolled Him up in the [fine] linen cloth and placed Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of a rock. Then he rolled a [very large] stone against the door of the tomb.

Mark 15:43-46

People of faith, are people who are willing to take courage and venture out in perilous times.  In this story, we see a man who was held in high esteem.  He had notoriety, wealth and influence.  But more importantly, he was a man that was waiting for the kingdom of God.

His pursuit of the kingdom compelled him to be willing to “forsake all” to serve the Lord even in the face of adversity.  His decision to serve the Lord meant making a decision to risk it all.  All that he had achieved until that time, while putting himself in danger of physical harm, as the religious leaders of the day, were looking to persecute those who followed Jesus.

At a time when the disciples or followers of Jesus scattered in fear, Joseph arose in love and respect for the Lord, by serving in a manner that honored the body of Christ.  He fully understood that caring for Christ, could mean suffering a consequence, but his pursuit of the kingdom empowered him to take a stand when none would stand.  Joseph served the body of Christ by giving his all, his very best.  He offered a place for the body of Jesus to rest; he prepared the body in fine linen and then served the Lord by doing the work to accomplish his mission in risky times.

Are you a kingdom seeker?  Will you be that person who will forsake their fears, their popularity, their resources and time to venture out even when it is unpopular or inconvenient to serve, to give, to work to usher in His kingdom? If you are, then you are a person who has a desire to serve the body of Christ.  In this hour like no other the Lord is looking for those, who are willing to “forsake all” because they have a love and respect for the Lord and His body.

 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men,

Ephesians 6:7

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