There are some things even Jesus won’t forgive.
Seriously. Take a moment to read Mark 3:22-30. This passage contains a concept both frequently debated and generally misunderstood: blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. My personal take on the story: the Pharisees don’t recognize good leadership (and that is why they attribute Jesus’ power to Beelzebub instead of God). Their worldview was so corrupt that they confused good with evil (see a warning about this in Isaiah 5:20). And as we know from elsewhere in the gospels, the Pharisees not only confused Jesus’ power source, they also actively resisted him.
This is a guest post from a good friend of mine, Stan Ward. I have known Stan for 18 years. He is one of those odd mixes of people; very deep, yet down to earth. He makes some good points about following in this post.
“Hurry up and wait.” So much of life seems like that. The Christian faith-walk often seems that way, too. There are seasons when we believe God has given us definite work and opportunities, and then there are the in-between seasons. These seasons feel directionless. Rather than moving forward with life, we feel stuck. So what is a good Christ-follower to do when he lacks specific directions from the Lord?