Today James posted in his Morning Meditation about his efforts and discouragement in the Tent of David project. It can be hard sharing news about the Jewish Messiah, and most churches do not want to hear it.
I know exactly what James means. I am not in the position that I may have an impact on a church, because I’m still just a young adult. But I have been working in my college ministries. And by working, I mean that I try to have God-focused conversations, and if I feel someone is ready I will share awesome stuff about Hebrew studies. I receive a variety of responses which is probably analogous to what you find among working adults. Some students are interested in the sense that they say “Oh, that’s cool, I didn’t know that,” but it does not actually inspire them to go deeper. A few people will argue with me, but they are the minority. But those few people are usually closer friends.
The other day I had a particularly disheartening conversation. I eat lunch a few days a week with some friends with my college ministry. (I should clarify that I participate in two ministries, and one is connected to the congregation I attend. Neither are Hebrew-based.) Our normal conversation is very mundane: Internet videos, the (very cold) weather, sleeping, exercise, the like. The Father, The Son, nor His Spirit hardly ever show up in conversation. Even my requests to pray for someone when they have a headache or anxiety seems strange to them. And these are Christian students.
I forgot how we got onto the topic, but I mentioned how a Biblical honeymoon is one year: “When a man has taken a new wife, let him not go out into the army nor let any matter be imposed upon him. He shall be exempt one year for the sake of his home, to rejoice with his wife whom he has taken.” (Deut. 24:5 ISR) The girls agreed that that would be nice, but one of the boys argued with me that he would not want that. I tried to teasingly argue with him about not really loving his future wife, but he insisted that you can enjoy each other without a year off. Getting back to work and having a life is more important. And in general the table opinion agreed with him.
Then one of the girls said that she and her husband would take a monthly Sabbath. I said, “Girl, God commands a Sabbath once a week.” She laughed and said, “I know, but like an absolute Sabbath.” And I replied, “Yeah, He demands an absolute Sabbath once a week.” But my declaration was clearly not appreciated or welcome. No one challenged me, but neither did anyone agree. I continued to speak, emphasizing how extreme a Hebrew Sabbath was, to the extent of not lighting fires. Then I made a verbal error, and it just turned into joke time.
My heart was broken for the Word of God. People are more concerned with their busy lives, their work, their school, than slowing down to enjoy the presence of God. Work is more important than a Holy rest, be it one day a week, a whole week, or a whole year. The Christianity we teach is about how to live a normal life and have your salvation too. It is really hard not to angry and start ranting about “The Church,” but that is not so Holy either.
But Papa comforts me. I read recently in Deutoronomy,
Music to my ears!
I was so humbled and honored. Papa has chosen me as His vessel to teach her, and to disciple her in reading and applying Scripture. She may be one person, but she is one person with a hunger to go deeper, with a hunger for Holiness.
So yes, it is hard. People do not want change. They like their blindness. They willingly hold on to their blindfolds. But for every one hundred who tie and retie their blindfolds, there is one who bravely takes off their blindness and walks into the light, one step at a time.
Take heart. Pursue God. Pursue Holiness. Honor His Word. He works miracles, especially when you are not looking for it nor expecting it.