Thursday, September 22, 2016

My Father's Business – Part 1 – Left Behind

Michael asks; What's the worth of your life?  Often people feel that they're not worth much ... For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. However, when we feel our worst, the value God places on our lives is the worth of the priceless payment made by His Son on our behalf. For He who knew no sin was made the perfect sin sacrifice in our stead that we may be made the righteousness of God in Him.

When we can't see God's plan, we can still trust his heart.  We don't know the path that he's prepared for us... but he does.  The just shall live by faith.  He is our sufficiency.  Our father has in store for us greater things than we can know in this life.  God reveals his plan for our lives one step at a time.  We need to reflect from this point in time to look back and see His hand of blessing over the days and months and years.  As David said, "I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High ...  will remember the works of the Lord:  surely I will remember the wonders of old."

Luke 2:41-52 recounts the story of Jesus at the temple at Jerusalem when he was twelve years old. Mary and Joseph took their son to Jerusalem for the celebration of the feast of the Passover. From Nazareth this would have been a three day journey. The women went before the men in the caravan to Jerusalem. When they were returning home, Mary and Joseph realized that Jesus was not in the caravan. This is like the story of Joshua who watched Moses perform his duties in the tabernacle. When Moses left the tabernacle, Joshua stayed and "tarried in the presence of the Lord." Jesus wanted to spend time in the temple in the presence of God. When Mary and Joseph realized that Jesus wasn't in their party they went back to look for him. Likewise, many people in today's culture, many have turned back to look for Jesus. Question: Does the church shape the culture, or does the culture shape the church?  When the culture shapes the church, the church will be compromised by the doctrines and teachings of the world.

Mary and Joseph finally found Jesus after three days. Jesus was sitting in the presence of the scholars of the temple. He was listening to them and asking questions. All were amazed at the deep questions Jesus asked. He was hungry for a deeper understanding of the scriptures and the things of God. When his parents finally found him, his mother said to him, "Why have you treated us like this?"  

Asking the right questions reveals the heart of a person. Especially, life’s deeper questions as; Where will you go after you die?  Who is Lord of your life?  Have you been “born again” of the Spirit of God? How do you know you'll go to heaven? Until you know that you know that you know, your life will be based on guilt and shame recovery and damage control. There is none good enough in the flesh ...  no not one. God has given us his word so that we will "know that we have eternal life", but not by our efforts … by His. The third beatitude says blessed are the meek. The meek are those who are teachable. The forth beatitude says blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled. When God reveals himself, we're like little children in His presence ... all things have become new with the childlike faith of pure believing. Matthew 18:3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Let’s continue Michael’s message on being about our Heavenly Father God’s business on the next post.

In Christ, Brian

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