This is Hard

April 24, 2021

Each day, I reflect upon a word or phrase from the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

Many of the disciples of Jesus who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” and later, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer walked with him. (John 6:60-69)

THIS IS HARD: Jesus had just told his disciples that He was the bread of life, and only those who eat of the bread can gain eternal life. Their response: They were challenged by what they heard and many walked away.

Sound like your faith life? Are you a part-time disciple?

Being a follower of Jesus Christ when things are going well is pretty easy. Just like it is easier to cheer for the hometown team when the team is winning. When the losses start mounting, our support for the team begins to wane.

If we jump on and off our faith bandwagon, our faith will never gain the momentum needed for growth. It will be stagnant and empty, with no depth. If we want our faith life to grow and develop, we need to be all in – in good times and bad.

If Jesus’ teachings are difficult for us to understand, we need to seek greater understanding, not reject the teachings. If we are struggling with something in our lives, we need to turn toward Jesus, not away from Him. If our prayer lives are unsatisfying, we need to look for ways to bring new life to our prayer, not stop praying.

Being all in means staying committed to Jesus and to our faith. It is the more difficult path at times, but has the greater pay-off in the end.

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