As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. (Luke 9:51-53)
Excited and determined to learn, I went to my first Florida Christian Writer’s Conference. I learned how little I knew about writing so was reluctant to go to awards night even though I had a submission. I’m shy, so it’s huge for me to enter a room with hundreds of people. Some people I met at the conference went home early and others had no room for me at their tables. Because I felt alone without anything to offer, I left early.
This is the first time Luke gives us an indication that Jesus’ popularity nosedived. John 6 says many disciples left him. John 7 says the rulers of Judea (Jerusalem is in Judea) looked for ways to kill him, so the Samaritans were afraid to welcome Jesus. Jesus wanted to meet the Samaritans and offer His love in person. But because they were afraid, the Samaritans missed out on meeting Jesus. Because I was afraid, I missed receiving my submission’s award at the writer’s conference. How often do we miss out on opportunities God has arranged for us because we’re afraid?
Father God, the Spirit of timidity and fear come from the enemy. Please cloak me with Your Spirit of power, love, and self-discipline. Then I can receive all the blessings you’ve intended for me. I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.