your reputation

We all have a reputation – a name – a history.

Reading in John, I think of the words written long before Jesus telling of the Savior to come. Even with this history, people still could not grasp that He was who He said He was.

His story came long before He did – just as ours has.

We are adopted into His royal family.
We are not just slaves and servants.
We are God’s children, His heirs.

Do you find that hard to grasp?

I think many in Jesus day were happy, proud and felt superior with their position and reputation as they were. Maybe they were just working on contentment. Either way it seems they didn’t want give up what they knew to get the better that Jesus was offering.

It seems to still be the way.

Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”
John 10:6-10

A very potent chapter.

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4 thoughts on “your reputation

  1. How often that is true. Clinging to the known, even when it is inferior, for fear of the unknown. Harder to explain when Jesus knows our unknown yet I still tremble with fear at times. Good words, Jude. Thank you!

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