On behalf of the unaccepted among us:


“Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”

Mark 4:24-25


I’ve been reading about William Wilberforce and how he worked to ban the Atlantic Slave Trade. It took years before the British Parliament would listen and abolish the trade.

Wouldn’t we all like to have a voice like Wilberforce’s to speak for us when no one wants to listen? Some of us are simply not listened to, no matter how much we cry out.

After all, who wants to stick up for a person when everyone considers them a loser? Who wants to identify with such a person? Your friends might think you’re a loser too.

Who will be there for you when you need to be heard?

Was it like this for Jesus when he carried his message to thousands? When Jesus had explained who he was, only a handful had “ears to hear” and recognized that Jesus had the “words of eternal life.” (John 6:68-69) “…many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.” (John 6:66) (Did they think he was a “loser” too?)

Do you have ears to hear? The gospel will only provide understanding of his truth to those who want to accept Jesus and experience the Holy Spirit. Read your Bible. Walk with him in obedience. Listen as Christ’s voice speaks through those who know him. “Consider carefully what you hear.”

Jesus continues being heard today by thousands. His voice still lives among us through those who know him and follow him. He hasn’t given up, and never will.

Returning to the question I asked: “Who will be there for you when you need to be heard?”

I think Jesus will be there for me. And I’ll be there for him. How about you?