Outside the Camp

June 28, 2024 Devotional by Rose-Marie Slosek

“Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach.” (Hebrews 13:13)

Jesus suffered outside the camp for our sins. It is only by revelation that people were given to understand who He was.  It is still only by revelation that we understand who He is. The path of being where Jesus is can take us or force us off the beaten track of religion as it is commonly practiced. We may not be able to follow that which is trending, that which is socially acceptable, that which is seen as “cutting edge” or even safe. 

Our Lord asks us to follow Him outside the camp of popularity and safety because that is where we will see Him in sharp contrast to a god of our own making. It is also where we will find the lost ones that He wants us to help gather to Himself.

Even as He is dying, He gathers up one of the men who is dying next to Him. His heart is always for the lost sheep who have wandered into the wilderness. The call that the Galilean makes upon us will not lead to a life of comfort and ease. We will know the same kind of rejection, disdain, and suspicion that He did: “a winebibber, a glutton, and a friend of sinners” (Luke 11:19).

We may not be able to tolerate the temperature of the current status quo. We may have to brave the rip-tides in order to get into the depths of the sea. Our hearts may ever be restless in this world because we are always hearing the call to the unreached, the forgotten, the cast-offs. The world may think that those we minister to are not worth saving. Go to them anyway. 

There is much to be said for being rejected by the kind of religious system that would reject Jesus. Being included is not always what you want because that inclusion may come with a price you should not be willing to pay.

It is a privilege to stand with Jesus outside the camp. It is a blessing to find others out there who are willing to stand with Him. These are your band of brothers.  They are a meek but sturdy lot. They know how to bear reproach. They will know how to stand in that Day against the Evil Man. They may know the ultimate sacrifice of their life as their Lord did.  Standing outside the camp is a privilege. Don’t be afraid to embrace it in whatever way it comes to you. 


Rose-Marie Slosek loves to connect people and build healthy community in small groups. She travels widely and assists several mission teams. Rose-Marie also serves Women of the Word on their Board of Directors. She can be reached at email