Thinking of Good Friday and Jesus’ sacrifice in spite of others responses:
Not everyone will respond to you with kindness. Not everyone will respond with gratitude for the things you do for them. Sometimes it can be difficult, especially when it’s a close friend or family member. However, we should never let someone else’s response decide our level of joy. They may not notice, but God does. He observes every day and every detail of their lives and of ours. Jesus set the path for us. He moved toward the cross with purposeful precision. Nothing ever discouraged Him on His way to Jerusalem. He never hurried through certain villages where He was persecuted, or lingered in others where He was blessed. Neither gratitude nor ingratitude turned Our Lord away from His purpose to go up to Jerusalem.
Since “the disciple is not above his Master,” the same things will happen to us on the way to our Jerusalem (the path he has marked out for us).There will be the works of God manifested through us, people will get blessed, and one or two will show gratitude and the rest will show gross ingratitude. However,nothing must deflect us from the mission He has marked out for us.
Ultimately, who are we wanting to please? “God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.” Paul writes, Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord” (Col 3:17 NIV). We must stay the path my friends. Please know that I am speaking to myself as well. Keep giving. Keep caring for others despite how they respond. That’s the way of it—do it for Him!
Blessings to you and your families this Good Friday…