Let’s go outside, where Jesus is, where the action is—not trying to be privileged insiders, but taking our share in the abuse of Jesus. This “insider world” is not our home. We have our eyes peeled for the City about to come.
Hebrews 13:13-15 MSG
That’s the buzzword in the media right now. It describes people who take high positions to help others but in reality think only of themselves.
Maybe they started with good intentions, but somehow they forgot about the people whose hands they shook along the way. They entered and closed the doors behind them.
And we are angry. Lord, I am angry.
It’s true. There’s an “insider club” where most of us will never be invited. If you’re in, you dine at formal tables on China plates filled with gourmet foods—while the people outside feast on empty promises.
Lord, I confess that I’m weary of watching the insiders take without giving. I’m so tired of being left out.
I confess: I’m angry! But then I think of You, Jesus.
You left a Heavenly throne—a place of honor—and became an Outsider.
So how can I demand a place with the insiders, when You slept where the livestock ate scraps?
From the day of Your birth, when sweet Mary and Joseph couldn’t get a room, to Your lonely death outside of the Jerusalem gates…You were the Outsider.
You did what was needed reach us. You became an Outsider to know our pain and our anguish firsthand.
You became one of us.
In a world of privilege and self-centeredness, You were different.
Today, corruption rules and golden gates are erected to keep us out. Empty promises are made to everyday folk who watch their dreams fade away, a little more each year.
In this perilous time, You call us to be different, too.
You call us to go outside of the City gates—with the thieves and tears and sorrows—because this is where we will find the place where Love flowed down.
True beauty and power are found outside of the gates… with You.
And the secret? Everyone is invited there.
No, I can’t be angry when this is not my home. My home is beyond that heavenly gate.
My home…is with You.
But our homeland is in heaven, where our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, is; and we are looking forward to his return from there. When he comes back, he will take these dying bodies of ours and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same mighty power that he will use to conquer all else everywhere.
Philippians 3:20-21 TLB