Despised (or thinking of things above)

6 04 2013

Hebrews 12:2 “keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him, endured a cross and despised the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of God.”

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Many of us endure a type of the cross; we go through persecutions, failures, or difficult circumstances.  However, instead of despising the shame, we enjoy it, embrace it, and wear it as a badge of honor. We need to follow Christ example and despise our shame. The word despise in Greek is kataphroneo which is a combination of the root kata- against and phroneo- think, literally meaning think against.  One meaning of this phrase is to think little or nothing of.

Jesus thought little of the shame of the cross.  He didn’t let fear, apparent failure and seeming futility distract Him from His future glory.  He knew what He was doing and where He was going. He kept his focus- his faith- on Heaven, and Scripture tells us to do the same thing. In Colossians 3:1-2,”1 Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your heart on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.”

The key is our focus. Where are your thoughts, on “the elemental spiritual forces of this world” (Col. 2:20)? Follow the example of Jesus, and “set your minds on things above” (Col 3:2).

 

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8 04 2013
collin

Really enjoyed this one Greg! I love thinking that He thought little of the things they tried to do to Him, and instead focused on the future good things that would flow out of it. I guess that’s kind of how we should think when we try to love our enemies.

8 04 2013
Greg Poppy

Yes! We can even think of what are enemies do to us, as happening to Him, (which I don’t ALWAYS do) and we would never have to take offense at wrong committed.

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