Originally posted August 14, 2015
Jeremiah 30:17 … For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord, because they have called you an outcast: ‘It is Zion, for whom no one cares!’
A popular movie from the mid-1980s “Karate Kid”, was about a boy (Daniel) who moves from New Jersey to California. Daniel discovers that no one likes him, because he talks different and doesn’t know the local ways. There is a group of local boys who gang up on Daniel and beat him up whenever they get the chance. There is also an old handyman (Mr. Miyagi), who is always around to save Daniel.
Daniel decides to learn karate so he can defend himself, and finds that the only person who will teach him is Mr. Miyagi. If you have never seen the movie, you can probably guess that Daniel masters the art of karate ”overnight”, and wins the big fight.
This is of course a very familiar storyline from dozens if not hundreds of films. This kind of “me against the world” saga, however, is not realistic. Or is it?
When we choose Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we become an outcast in this carnal, materialistic world. Our views are called intolerant, bigoted, or hateful. The world attacks us for being a follower of the Lord.
Matthew 5:10-12 … Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Much like Mr. Miyagi who is always around to come to Daniel’s rescue, Jesus is ever present and there to strengthen us, guide us and protect us. What’s more, like Mr. Miyagi who warned Daniel to never use his new found skills as a weapon, Jesus teaches us to share the Gospel in love and not in a condemning way.
Matthew 7:1-2 … “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
When we trust Him and rely on Him for strength and guidance He promises us abundant joy. Psalm 51:12 … Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
If you have never done so, turn from your sin to Jesus and accept Him as your Savior and your Lord. Although movies almost always have happy endings, life does not. However, when we accept Jesus, He guarantees us eternal life in His kingdom. There can be no happier ending than that!