Opportunity In the Midst of Chaos.
Did you know that in the midst of chaos there also lies opportunity?
This is a fundamental principle to embrace and live by as can be seen in the Bible.
When reading in the Gospel of Luke during Jesus’s crucifixion,
there were two other men condemned to suffer the same death.
Most of us are aware that the one to Christ’s right is known as the “Good Thief,” while the one to His left is referred to as the “Unrepentant Thief.”
Now, while both men were suffering the same gruesome execution and were both in the presence of Christ,
we notice that their reactions to their situation are quite different.
The “Unrepentant Thief” taunts Our Lord and says, “Are You not the Messiah?
Save Yourself and us.” (Luke. 23:39) he asks to come down from his cross.
Life can be funny in the sense that there are two kinds of people,
those who understand the advantages presented to them and those who don’t, as it is seen at the crucifixion.
Are you aware of the opportunities that surround you even in chaos?
In the midst of all that chaos, “the good thief” saw an opportunity of a lifetime.
“The good thief” does not ask to be taken down.
He however rebukes “the unrepentant thief” and proclaims Christ’s innocence.
What a beautiful moment to behold in the middle of the most startling and chaotic moments of the Gospel.
Imagine being in the presence of the one who is able to do the unimaginable and the incomprehensible and yet
does not ask to be taken down from his sure and painful death.
He asks, instead, to be taken up with Christ, saying “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” (Luke 23:42).
Jesus replies to “the good thief” saying, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
Our Confidence in the midst of chaos.
In the midst of chaos, “the good thief” knew whom to place his trust in.
Psalm 46 reads:
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]
Accept and bear your Cross in the Chaos.
When going through Chaos, accept and bear the cross. However, don’t place your hope in this world, but in the promise of the next.
Which of these two are you?
Do wish to come down from your cross and continue to be of this earth, or do you wish to accept your cross and be taken up to Christ in the life to come?
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