Matthew 18 part 1–Paradox

Paradox—God is a God of Paradox.  From a human perspective, we rarely see things like God does.  Yet, when we stop and reason it through, it does become clear God’s ways are usually better.  Take humility for example.  When we look for the greatest among us, we look in mansions, in professional sports arenas, in magnificent theatres and at the top of corporate towers. God says—you will rarely notice the greatest among you.  They will be selfless, unassuming, faithful and trusting.  They will be genuinely glad to see you and always thinking of ways to please and help—that is how little children respond.  They have yet to harden their hearts and become cynical. 

God wants us to rush to the back of the line and help those ahead of us to know Christ.  He wants us to simply and genuinely trust him and want to accompany him on the journey.  He wants our hearts to be pure and our expectations simple. Think of your kids, they simply love you and trust you—no strings attached.  Try it this week, walk with God as if you were a little kid.  Hold his hand, wait expectantly and drop any attitude or agenda.  You will stand amazed at the way God will meet you where you are and simply treasure your time together.

God Bless You

About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.“And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf[a] is welcoming me. But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea.

Matthew 5 part 2–Salt and light

Assalt and light Christians, we are called to be salt and light…that is a significant calling.  Salt is both a flavor enhancer and a preservative. Light is the element that both exposes and casts out darkness. We as God’s people are called to bring light to the world.  We are the ones to show the world the reality of its sinful and hopeless state.  We are the ones to enhance life through freedom and preserve the life God intended for his people.  But, this is no easy task.  By stepping out, we expose ourselves to temptation and to criticism. We are rejected or minimized for being weird.  Also if we make a mistake, we are opening ourselves and God up to abuse.

So it is easier to step back, be quiet and let the ones we know quietly go to hell.  That is not acceptable.  We need to enhance and preserve the faith.  We need to shine before the world.  This is accomplished by faith, and is continued as we humbly follow Christ in this amazing journey.  God neither expects nor demands perfection.  He simply requests that we follow and seek his leadership and power.  He will accomplish—through us, more than we could ever hope to accomplish on our own. The Hymn says it best—“Trust and obey, for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus…but to trust and obey.”

God Bless You

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

 

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