Thursday, January 28, 2010

Exposed & thoughts on Luke 18

My dear friend Kay and i were talking at lunch one day this week and she briefly mentioned how easy it is to 'fool' people over the internet. Yes indeed. The more i have considered this the more true i have found it to be. We have complete control over what people know of us and can conceal & explain most of our faults away. 
I even followed a friends link last night that led me to a woman's blog who under the 'about me' didn't even put her name and it said "All about me...or as much as i am willing to tell you". How true is that? What about you?
I was reading Luke 18 today and felt it penetrate this topic a little. So here are a few thoughts:
Verses 1-8 are about the persistent widow who kept pleading with an unjust judge for justice. He,"who neither feared God nor respected man" finally answered the widow. How much more a good God answers His- it says "I tell you, God will give justice to His elect speedily. Yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
[i.e. God will answer them with justice, but in doing-will He find one worth rewarding-is there faith on earth? The answer is found multiple times in scripture to be 'no'. Re-read this post from awhile back if you need a refresher on our lack of goodness. Any faith we have is a GIFT from God! ]
Verses 9-14 contrast two types. The proud and the humble. "He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt"-the proud. If you read more about this guy who prayed he had everyone fooled. He (and doubtless others) believed in his goodness. But just as verses 1-8 revealed, we are all like this guy- one minute believing ourselves to be good and the next realizing even that is sin! Its like patting yourself on the back for being humble-HA! But instead "everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” That takes ME to a point of application. Anyway..
15-17 talk about the infants being brought to Jesus and how He says"Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God...whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Ever wondered about that? I have. Just think about it. What does an infant or a young child DO to enter a family? Must they earn their postiton? WORK hard to get a place there? Perform perfectly? NOPE!!!! Whether naturally or through adoption no child can DO anything to be a part of a family. That is the choice of the family! Doesn't that make sense now..we can't enter His kingdom unless we come like a child-that is what made the law inadequate for us to enter His kingdom-it was based on OUR doings (which we failed miserably at!)
18-30 is the ever so familiar Rich Young Ruler..He, like the Pharisee in 9-14, has himself and no doubt others fooled. He's "doing it" for God. "He's making his list and checking it twice-proving that he is not naught but nice"(hahah yes i am full of corny rhyme..too much Dr Seuss lately..) To what end? He sees that he still falls miserably short of what pleases God and His lack of trust in God is revealed. Once more refer back to 1-8~he trusted in himself as righteous...He walked away hopeless. What must he DO? That seemed the ONE impossible thing God could ask of him..sell his possesions?Really? ALL of them??  But Jesus said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”
So what seems impossible for you? Is it letting that wall down revealing to others that you are not perfect (as if they didn't already know?!) is it trying to DO something for God?  Is it the one thing that you can't do? Find Hope friends-“What is impossible with men is possible with God.”
I will tell you what mine is in one week. My test comes next Thursday (and countless times before then) So stay tuned..for i will be exposed..