For those of you not familiar with the game Whack-a-mole I will try to explain it to you. It began as an arcade game in which kids (and sometimes adults) would grab a rubber hammer and when the mole would pop out of the ground the goal was to hit the mole with the hammer, thus gaining points in the game. The game runs for an allowed time and overtime you whacked the mole it would eventually pop back up, never to be defeated by the hammer whacking individual.
Currently I am readying through Acts and as I am watching the life of Paul I can’t help but think of this game!! He is the mole and these people in opposition of him are trying to take him out with their own sorts of hammer, but like the mole, he keeps coming back!!!! They keep throw him in prison and he gets out!! They stoned him and he comes back!! It doesn’t matter what they do to this follower of Jesus, he cannot be stopped!!!!
I had to skip over and read 2 Corinthians 11:21-28 to get the fuller picture of all that Paul had gone through! WHAT A LIST!! This man has SUFFERED FOR JESUS!!!!!!!!! And nothing could stop him!!!!!!
How is it that we can be afraid of being left out for standing up for Jesus? Or excluded because we don’t talk trash like the world? Or not wanting to be left out when everyone else is going somewhere you know God is telling you not to go . . . . and you’re not willing to go where you know God is calling you to go? We fear mocking and ridicule – we fear being left out and ignored – we fear not being one of the cool kids anymore – – – but what is this really costing us?!?!?!?!
I have to always ask myself this question, “In 100 years, as I sit with Jesus under a tree talking with Him about my life here on earth, what decision do I need to make that He will be pleased with at that time?”
We can’t live for today. We can’t live for other people. LIKE PAUL . . . . . WE LIVE FOR JESUS!!!!!!!!!!! Our life doesn’t matter . . . . ONLY JESUS MATTERS!!!!!!!!!!
So as you are backing down from hard conversations and decisions, afraid of the consequences of the world, be like Paul, and don’t let the hammer take you out . . . . keep coming back for Jesus!!!!!