NIV Acts 4:1-2 The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.
There is one lesson in Lent we had better learn. It is a lesson we often ignore or avoid simply by not being faithful to our Lord’s instructions. It is the lesson of animosity. The world is hostile toward the Gospel because it disturbs the world delusions and deceptions.
John articulates it quite well in John 3:19, “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.”
Way to many people who claim the title “Christian” are afraid of the dark. They are afraid to openly display or declare the light will draw attention to them. They might be embarrassed. They might be labelled as a “holy roller” or “religions freak”. Standing for our Lord might cost them. It might cost then social status. It might cost them a job, a position, or a raise. They might have to give up something they like or desire. They might have to give more of their time.
Jesus disturbed people. Light can hurt when you have been embracing the darkness.
If you have given up something for Lent, or have made a commitment to do something during Lent you probably have found this effort difficult. There are always those things we face as humans that test our commitment to our Lord. Even our own natural nature is disturbed by our desire to grow and live by faith. If we expect this and prepare for this then we are not as likely to seek to avoid it and thus fearful of it.
May we walk with our Lord in the Light of His Word.