Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other as well … (Luke 6:27-29)
The one called Faithful and True rode a magnificent white stallion. I entered Christian ministry and a white horse was given to me also. Its name was love.
I rode behind the King as he trampled injustice and comforted the oppressed. Joy awoke in my heart.
Christian coworkers came alongside and I was thrilled at the camaraderie. I hailed and they returned greetings. Then one of the smiling riders knocked me to the ground.
What was that? He was a coworker on a white horse the same as mine. I nursed my aches and muttered.
Jesus drew up his steed and chuckled. Did that laugh mean this was some kind of game?
I remounted and tried to stay near his great stallion. He was a perfect horseman and I soon fell behind.
More white-horsed riders came alongside, grinning. I grew to trust them. Once again, I was unhorsed and thrown to the mud.
I am slowly acquiring the secret rules of Christian ministry. To some, it’s a sort of game to knock others down.
To Jesus, ministry is no game at all but it does have rules.
Rule number one—riding close to Jesus is a primary objective. It yields great spoils in eternity.
Rule number two—Unhorsing another rider disqualifies rewards.
Rule number three—The greatest of all prizes goes to those who are knocked down, then forgive, remount and ride again.
Prayer: Conquering Savior, help me forgive and love again.