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Day 40 – Issue 17

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Be Still Know

Matthew 7:21 NLT

‘Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.’

The thought of God making choices between his highest created beings causes much trepidation. While the way to God is clearly revealed within the Gospels by Jesus, the thought of loved ones being excluded from God’s ultimate embrace is appalling in its finality. It is something that I have thought about a lot.

Initially I was somewhat ‘gung-ho’ with my presentation of the gospel. I was home and dry, but those to whom I preached may not be, and I clearly expressed there was but one way into God’s embrace. Fail to take it and the end of life was bleak and godless. 

As I’ve progressed with my own life’s challenges, I have come to see that I have a clear need to keep focused upon my own response to God, rather than lecturing others on their uncertain future. I have also come to recognise that my words are empty when unsupported by a life of loving sacrifice in the service of others. 

Jesus calls us to walk in his footsteps – a ‘Via Dolorosa’ or way of sorrows as much as one of joy. Indeed, in Christ it’s possible to discover joy in our deepest of pain. As Jesus said, those most aware of their brokenness are most aware of their indebtedness to God (see Luke 7:47). 

In acknowledging our brokenness and failures, despite our constant commitment to amend our way of life, we come closest to touching the hem of Jesus’ garment. Then we can be a source of loving encouragement, sharing God’s love with others from the reality of our own fracture while respecting their fragile humanity. Whoever stands before us carries their own imperceptible story of disappointment, rejection and confusion. What fruit from God’s rich harvest can we present to nourish them in their life?

QUESTION: How closely, do you think, are you implementing the will of the Father in your everyday life?

PRAYER: Jesus, you said the wise person was the one who heard and obeyed (Matthew 7:24). Help me be wise today.

Written by: Matt Weet

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