Last week we talked about how consistent of a Savior we have in Jesus Christ and how complicated so many people want to make things. We need to wrap our minds around how helpless we are without Jesus Christ. We don’t become enlightened to some other level. We change when we trust in Jesus Christ. There is no mystical side to this, it is a real, living, personal relationship with Jesus. We need to stop looking to people who have no idea what they are talking about and turn to the God who loves us and is “mighty to save.”
It comes down to Jesus– the One and Only!
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Luke 12:32-34
This seems to be radical! He says to sell all you have and give it to the poor. One author said that what you put your highest value on becomes, for all practical purposes, your conception of God. That implies that we need to be careful what we value. But even more than that, what is this saying in the context of the verse?
Don’t love stuff over God because stuff does not last.
This is so different from the world around us that it seems impossible. How can this happen? It happens because Jesus Christ meets us and redirects us. He flips things upside down.
“People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” – Luke 18:15-17
Children were getting in the way and the disciples did not want Him to be bothered by them. Jesus said that these children were a reflection of the Kingdom! That was completely upside down from what we would think.
My kids don’t ever wake up and ask if we are going to eat that day. They don’t think about bills we have to pay, they don’t worry about things they can’t control. They just simply trust.
We can’t manufacture this in our self, this must come from Jesus to us. We cannot become this by being “enlightened”.
There is one Jesus and He is who the Scriptures claim. He is the most important relationship we can have. He is the only person we can place all our trust because He will never let us down. We come to Him like a child and trust Him. It changes everything and we willingly follow Him.
What is most important to you? What is the greatest challenge to living this way?
Have a wonderful day celebrating the risen Lord!