In this series we are going to be considering a really important question. The question is: how far are you willing to go? We may put it another way: how far are you ready to go? The same query can be intoned in another way: are you ready to pay the price?
Many of us like results without responsibility; getting a prize without paying the price. Yet when we look at life and consider the whole flow of the message of the Bible we find that there is always a price attached to anything that is worthwhile.
Our first example in this series is the story of the Syrophoenecian woman. We read that her daughter was gravely ill and Jesus had travelled with His disciples to her area. Reading through the narrative, the suggestion seems to be that Jesus was in that area in order to enjoy a time of solitude and rest, or rather some private time with his disciples. That was not to be, as the woman came to Him, pleading for help because her daughter was seriously ill.
When the woman came to Jesus, His words to her were, on the face of it, extremely provocative at best and at worst deeply offensive. They were not pleasant words. First, He said that His mission was only the people of Israel. He went on to say that it was not appropriate to give the food that belonged to the children to dogs.
The woman could have easily been offended, returned insult with insult and left. She did not do that. Her response was very telling and very instructive. She said that even the dogs ate the crumbs that fell from the dining table. Jesus was taken by her response. He stated that He had not seen such faith in all of Israel. He went on to tell her to go in faith, for her daughter had been healed.
The application of this story is as simple as it is transformational for anyone who would embrace it. It is that we can easily take offence and miss an opportunity for breakthrough and break out of the issues and challenges that we would like to see fix. Pride can get in the way. Actual or potential offences must be ignored. There is an African proverb which states that the beggar has no shame. I would add that a beggar has limited pride. The woman gives us an example of what we should do and the lengths we should be willing to go in order to find a solution to our problem.
How far are you willing to go?
Copyright Emmanuel Mbakwe 2015©
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