Being Jesus' Disciples
Read Luke 10:1-12 - Jesus sends out the first 70 disciples
Go now, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves. Luke 10:3 (TLB)
Matheus Claus lives in Jakarta, Indonesia. The memory of three churches in Surabaya being bombed in the middle of Sunday services in 2018 is still clear in his mind. It was a devastating moment, especially for Christians in Indonesia. Many people were injured or killed, and they hope that such an event will never happen again.
Being a Christian is not always easy. Even Jesus said in the scripture that he sends us like lambs into the midst of wolves. It can be a dangerous task to follow Christ. Nevertheless, Jesus told us that he will be with us as we keep the faith and follow him.
Jesus also told us to love our enemies. Even when people hate, suppress, or persecute us, we should never hold grudges. In fact, we should seek others' well-being, pray to God on their behalf, and help them. For we are all the children of our Father in heaven, and Christ's love lives in us through the Holy Spirit.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, give us the strength and courage to follow Christ, to share the good news, and to love our enemies, in Jesus' name. Amen.
Burned out car in front of bombed church in Surabaya.