Becoming a disciple: Christ is faithful

Scripture – Hebrews 3:6

Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.

Observation

Jesus is faithful. It’s easy to get caught up in everything that is going on in my life, problems I face, challenges I see ahead, relationships that need attention. Jesus is faithful over me. I am called to believe in his love for me and to continue to boast in the hope I have in him – Jesus will be faithful to take care of the things I face.

Application

I will trust Jesus with our house in Colorado. I choose not to worry, even though in the natural I should. Instead, I choose to pray and ask for wisdom, guidance, and the ability to focus my energies on loving God and loving others as I let Jesus be true to his word, faithful to do all he says.

Prayer

Jesus, thank you. Thanks for the reminder to stay trusting in your faithfulness. You are the faithful one – even when I am unfaithful. I give you the sale of our house in Colorado today. Please remove the burden I carry. Help us dig down deep roots here in Washington. I am yours. In your name, amen.

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Becoming a disciple: Trusting in God’s seasons

Scripture – Psalm 104:27

These all look to you, to give them their food in due season.

Observation

Total dependence. Not ONE of the options, but the ONLY option. God is the one we can look to and trust to provide for us in his timing. Whether fish or tree or lion or man, we can only look to God, and we can be sure he will come through in due season. In Western thinking, we have come to despise the idea of “In Due Season” – we want everything now: our food, our money, our happiness, our cars, our jobs.

It doesn’t work that way. God calls us to LOOK to him, to have total dependence on him to come through at the proper time (according to him and not us).

Application

Rest. Looking to my God. He will come through. In his time and in his season.

I choose to look to him and rest in total dependence on him (not taking things into my own hands).

Prayer

Father, thank you for your sovereign hand. Thank you for your timing. I give you today the sale of our house in Colorado Springs. I trust you. I choose not to worry based on the timings and seasons of this world. You are my God and I enjoy leaning on you for provision. Thank you for blessing me so much. You are such an amazing dad – please help me to father my kids like you father me. Give me your eyes and ears and hands and feet and mind and heart. All for you and the Lamb’s reward. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

Becoming a disciple: Cleaning house

Scripture – Mark 11:27-28

They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him.  “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?”

Observation

Who do you think you are? This was essentially what the Jewish leaders were asking Jesus.

Yesterday Jesus turned up at the Temple and kicked out those who were selling doves and other animals that people could buy to sacrifice. Imagine the scene: the temple courts had become a farmer’s market with its ancient versions of ATMs and foreign currency exchange kiosks. On the one hand, there was a great buzz of activity in the house of God and of course the Temple was the number one tourist attraction in Jerusalem, but on the other, that wasn’t what God intended for his house. Jesus walks in and causes quite a ruckus as he overturns the tables, sending coins and birds flying everywhere!

So today Jesus is walking through the temple courts and the Jewish leaders ask him “who do you think you are and what right do you have to come in here and turn the place upside down?”

Jesus is the Son of God. It is His house. He turns the place upside down because his Father told him to and gave him the authority to do so.

Jesus has been coming to the temple since he was a young boy. Every time he entered he must have wanted to do what he got to do that day. I think of all those times he taught in the temple courts, with all the sights, sounds and smells of the marketplace going on around him – forcing himself to focus on teaching and trusting God that there was a time coming when he would be able to clean house. Imagine coming home one day to find a whole bunch of people have moved into your house, brought in their own furniture, turned your living room into a pet store and your kitchen into a make-shift bank. No one knows its your house and you know you can’t do anything until the appointed time because you have an assignment and there is an order and a plan to follow.

Application

Do we have the eyes of Christ in the things we do?

Do we need to clean house in our own lives, our own hearts?

Jesus is patient with us, but if we have accepted him as the Son of God who has paid for our sins, then we have become the temple of the Holy Spirit, which is the Spirit of God.

Our lives is how God has decided to show himself to the world, so our lives need to be clean of the junk that makes us look like the rest of the world.

Prayer

Jesus, show me what areas of my life you need to come in and clean out. I want to be a walking testimony to you and your Gospel. Come and overturn whatever is ungodly so that I can better reflect you. In your name, amen.