Choosing your battle

We read about Jesus and we see all manner of miracles, signs and wonders that He performed, sometimes directly (speaking to the person receiving the miracle), other times indirectly (his garment being potent enough to administer healing). His life and living reveals someone aware of His cause and going out of His way to fulfil and deliver on the cause.

So imagine this purpose driven man, after 33 years of actively serving in His place of assignment, hanging on the cross with little or no justification to the taunting of the very people He was there to save;

Likewise the chief priests also, mocking among themselves with the scribes, said, “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. Let the Christ, the King of Israel, descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Even those who were crucified with Him reviled Him.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭15‬:‭31‬-‭32‬

He was hanging on a cross hearing people mock Him of power He had but chose to restrain. I see Jesus choosing His cause over proving anything to anyone. He could have jumped down in that moment so that indeed they could “see and believe”, but it was futile to get a tiny amount to see and believe at the expense of the entire human race.

So He chose the latter, He chose to show us that our ego and reputation must not be greater than our cause. We must be so dead to self that the taunting and mocking of men counts for nothing to move us out of the will of God to prove anything to anyone.

The only message, miracle, sign and wonder Jesus wanted to show us on that cross was love and I don’t know about you but it was so worth it. Love is this powerful; it creates focus and deads us to anything that isn’t this focus.

When this same love has been shed abroad in our hearts, we will love with this same reckless abandon; choosing the souls of men over our own egos and reputations.

4 thoughts on “Choosing your battle

  1. davidsdailydose says:

    “He chose to show us that our ego and reputation must not be greater than our cause.” Amen, sister!

    God has reminded me of this truth a few times. My pride and my comfort are not more important than the heavenly mission he has for me. As John the Baptist said, “he must become greater, but I must become less.“

    Gods best to you and your new husband!

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    • Fochwoman says:

      Thanks for putting it this way David, I love the terms you’ve used “my pride and comfort are not more important than the heavenly mission”. Couldn’t have said it better!

      May God help us to stay focused on the focus x

      Thank you for the best wishes and for reading and engaging.


  2. tgifmasterminds says:

    Thank you FOCH woman of God. Surely you absolutely do uphold and demonstrate godly values. God has blessed you with a loving helpmate to come along side of you and to protect you. Peace and joy to your wedded union. Hopefully, I will be making a trip to Togo in January 2023. I have traveled to South Africa twice on mission trips. God is good!

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    • Fochwoman says:

      Thank you so much for your best wishes! And oh, missionaries are so close to my heart, I will uphold you and your team in prayers. God has gone before you and the hearts of the people you’re sent to is eagerly open to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ.
      God will confirm His word amongst you all with signs and wonders and He will take all the glory.
      Thank you so all that you do.

      God bless you!

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