The Life of Christ – Seeing Things that Really Count (1) - Monday, March 12th
And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them. Mark 10:13-16
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
One of the major characteristics of being a child is dependency. Dependency is the foundation of true faith. This is why Jesus says, “the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.” Children have no choice but to depend upon and trust the adults in their lives. But for us as adults, dependency and faith don’t come easily. It often goes overlooked that Jesus lived His entire life here on earth in total dependence upon and faith in His Heavenly Father. Jesus modeled for us a life of dependency and faith. We are so prone to self-effort and self-sufficiency. Self-effort and self-sufficiency readily become a part of how we approach the Christian life. These two nemeses must be rooted out because they are contrary to living fully.
Redemption is God washing away our sin in order to make us fitting habitats for His presence. As redeemed ones with Christ living within our hearts, we enjoy an intimate relationship with the God of the universe that is filled with love, worship, faith, and dependence. Out of this relationship comes personal transformation and an outflow of life that blesses everyone around us. This is the pathway of discipleship and we cannot travel on it without childlike faith and dependency.
Living fully for God means that we are full of God. We cannot be full of God if we are full of ourselves. Not only is our pursuing a life of dependency and faith in Christ essential to our living fully for God, it is the key helping others become ones who follow in our footsteps as we faithfully model “living fully” for them. We need to see it modeled for us and we need to model it for others because of how unnatural dependency and trust are to all of us as adults. A “living fully” lifestyle that is replete with true dependency and faith requires that we come to an end of ourselves. You know what?, the people around us won’t mind that one bit.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I renounce self-effort and self-sufficiency. I choose the path of fully depending on you and fully trusting in you. Keep me from anything that hinders others from living fully for you. Show me how to come to the end of myself, how to become full of you, and how to find true rest for my weary soul. With childlike faith, I seek to be faithful for the long run. Grant that I continually persevere without faltering. Thank you for your faithfulness to me. You are everything I and everyone around me need. You are amazing. Amen!
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Posted on Mon, March 12, 2018
by Ken Hart