But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the churches and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake. This will be your opportunity to bear witness. Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives. (Luke 21:12–19, ESV)
One word in the above verses has been changed. Can you guess which one it is? And does it make a difference in how you think? Why or why not?
When you go to a doctor because you are sick, do you want to hear that you are wonderful and special and there’s nothing wrong? Or do you want the straight scoop on what is happening and what you need to do about it?
When you seek the advice of a doctor or nutritionist for health, do you want accurate information about diet and exercise and so on, or do you want to hear how to lose weight on the Krispy Kreme diet?
When you go to God in reading His Word, praying, or listening to a speaker or teacher, what are you seeking? Do you just want reassurance that you’re really okay, and the guilt you feel is just a figment of your imagination? Do you want solutions to the things that are out of whack in your life, or do you just want to feel better about where you are? Are you looking to be challenged out of your complacency and moved to grow towards God, or would you rather hear that you are the focus of God’s plans and God’s Word revolves around how much you are treasured and God loves you just as you are?
What do you want out of God, and what are you prepared to give in order to get it?