The Joyful Burden

Inspired by Luke 9:23-27 and John 12:1-8

The life of the disciple is a spectacle – a strange and offensive thing, a thing we ‘ought to be ashamed of’. And yet the disciple lives this way in plain sight, no humiliation of devotion hidden, every unjustifiable cost exposed. This is the way of our Master, and each disciple of His must bear the spectacle of the cross in daily life, lest we find in the end that our shame at Jesus has become his shame at us.

Yet, somehow, in our dogged devotion to a crucified God, we find our very selves. As we lose the esteem of the world, we discover what the world has been out to find all along. Like Mary bent at Jesus’ feet, the fragrance of our love offering fills every corner of our lives, and we find that this offering was God’s intention for us all along. We experience in our humbled state the fulfillment of purpose that drives all human searching. We offer to God an overwhelming, extravagant, sacrificial love, and nothing else ever satisfies again.

Such is the joyful burden of the disciple of Jesus.

© 2018 Jacqueline Tisthammer. All Rights Reserved.

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