Thursday – Mark 15:1-20

Read – Mark 15:1-20

Do I fear ridicule and being mocked?

How crazy was that? They mocked the one who was there at the beginning of all things.  The world was created by Him, through Him and for Him.

Thinking back over my life, I realized that as a boy I spent, most, if not all, of my life avoiding ridicule and mockery. I think as a student, I would’ve preferred to get beaten up instead of being ridiculed. I feared mockery.

It wasn’t until I was a middle-aged adult that I learned that my self-esteem is based on my competence. I feel great when others praise me for my excellent job. On the other hand, when I make a mistake, or the end result is flawed, I feel really bad, sometimes way out of proportion.  I now know that I am addicted to praise.

If I am honest, because of my vulnerability, I fear being mocked for my foolishness in believing in Jesus.

Kingdom wisdom is upside down from the wisdom of the world.

Paul wrote:

But the natural [unbelieving] man does not accept the things [the teachings and revelations] of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness [absurd and illogical] to him; and he is incapable understanding them, because they are spiritually discerned and appreciated, [and he is unqualified to judge spiritual matters]. 1Cor. 2:14 Amp.

I am so grateful that my mind has been renewed so that I can understand the teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God. That has been life-changing for me. I have developed a craving for the knowledge and wisdom of God. Hopefully, I’ve reached a tipping point where the love of God and my thankfulness for what he has done for me will outweigh my fear of being mocked.

Reflection and Application:  Spend some time thinking: are you afraid of being ridiculed and mocked because you believe in Jesus and follow Him?

Prayer: Forgive me Jesus for being afraid of ridicule and mockery.  Holy Spirit, please help me “know Him experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely

… and in that same way experience the power of His resurrection which overflows and is active in believers,

…and that I may share the fellowship of His sufferings, by being continually conformed inwardly into His likeness even to dying as He did. (Phil. 3:10 Amp)

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