Matthew 19-20


Substituting for Pastor Jeremiah is guest writer Mollie H. We find Jesus and his disciples beginning their final journey together to Jerusalem. They are followed by ever-increasing crowds, eager to hear, to be healed as so many have been throughout the Galilean region. Jesus continues to teach the values of God's kingdom and his desire for us. He describes what a life committed to a faith community looks like. He begins by reminding us of the value of integrity within our relationships, particularly marriage. He pulls us back to Genesis, reminds us of the divinely-inspired Word of God; lifelong, sacred, and faithful. Obedience to His Word and humility, as that of children, are postures God honors. We believe He is generous and kind and we can trust Him completely. He shows us what servanthood is all about; sacrifice and compassion. Is being a servant a priority in your personal world? It's simple, really; to love God with all our hearts and to love others as we love ourselves. That's living in His kingdom on earth; today! Reading Matthew 20:17; the deliberate redemptive work of Christ, overwhelms any double mindedness and wavering allegiance. The question Jesus asked: “What do you want me to do for you?” sears my heart! What is it that binds me and somehow holds me back from the fullness and delight God has prepared for me? I want to be alive to God, always. What do you want Jesus to do for you? Can we allow Him to heal our hearts and open our eyes to Him alone?