Lots to read today – you can do it! I love these favorite passages, but let me encourage you again to take your time 🙂 Don’t allow the Word to become common because it is familiar. Please read Luke 18:9-14, Mark 10:1-12, Matthew 19:1-12, Mark 10:13-16, Matthew 19:13-15, Luke 18:15-17, Mark 10:17-31, Matthew 19:16-30, and Luke 18:18-30. Come on back and let’s visit- what’s your take-a-way today?
Luke 18:9-14 – I notice that the Pharisee is busy about the things of God, but not busy about pursuing God’s presence or character. This is such an important distinction for us to make – we can be busy doing good things and still miss the point, like the Pharisee did.
“Then Peter said, ‘See, we have left all and followed You.’ So He said to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.’ ” Luke 18:28-30
The disciples left ALL knowing that God would provide ALL. God still provides all. There is no reason to operate out of a scarcity mentality because there is never lack in God. Once we are confident of this truth, we can be free to care for others without worrying that we will go without ourselves. If one was convinced of abundance, one would not worry about giving!
Matthew 19:14-15 is a favorite of course, as Jesus blesses children and encourages the adults to operate in child-like faith. Lord, let us operate in child-like faith today!