(A two-minute read or a lifetime of pondering)
God can breathe on anything I offer and make it into worship – if my heart is right. This is one way I exhibit God’s glory.
Be Like A Child
Does Jesus hint that only the childlike have true discernment? Dozens of his disciples had just returned from miraculous ministry, recounted in Luke 10. He then said, “I thank You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and revealed them to infants.” 1
Consider this hand-in-hand with “Truly I say to you, whoever will not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will in no wise enter it.” 2
Every question the Lord asks cuts to my essence, revealing where I fall short. Any explanation or justification means I’m busy reviewing my sin and unbelief. This does not exalt Him. It’s one reason I read scripture.
God put all things in subjection to those of us who believe in Him. And yet, we can’t see them all. That is why Jesus came, so that instead of striving to see what we’re unable to see, we simply see Jesus, and He is enough. That’s because He sees all, has known all, knows all to come and exists in perfect harmony with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
I was sired by circumstance, raised by happenstance and saved by sovereign grace. My life was like a worn-down tire, which can only be patched and recapped so many times before it needs to be discarded and replaced.
Jesus can take a re-tread and build a new wheel from the inside out.
My life was an old stele covered with moss, which needed to be scraped and cleaned to reveal the words chiseled into it years before, and still could only be read by producing a rubbing of the surface.
Jesus cleanses down to bare rock so everything is readable.
Take heart: Even if you walk in the wrong direction, you’ll eventually come back to where you started and can turn around.
You can be swept away in the River of Life but cannot drown in it. When you let go and have the current sweep you along, you always reach your destination.
If you tell the Lord it’s deeply satisfying to know Him the way you do today, He will tell you it is deeply satisfying to Him to be known by you this way.
Your life is currency. Decide what you can afford and spend wisely.
Even when you know who you are, it is still most profitable to ask God to show you who you are not.
1. Luke 10:21
2. Luke 18:17