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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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May 1, 2013 - God Is All About Simple

By Patty Kennedy

It blows me away that our infinite God, who created a universe beyond our wildest imagination, is all about simplicity. It grieves Him to see His children running themselves ragged, living at breakneck speed, thinking if we do more and get more and BE more, we will somehow be fulfilled. Sometimes we are so "busy" we don't have time for God, and that is tragic.

Why are we all in such a hurry? Remember Jesus' admonition to us in Matthew 6:33? After He tells us to not worry about what we will eat or drink or wear, He says:

"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" (NIV).

There you have it. We are not to worry about anything, because God will take care of our every need (Philippians 4:19). In fact, that's what Jesus meant when He said we need to become like little children.

Does a young child typically worry about what she’s going to wear or where his next meal is coming from? Do children sit around and fret about whether their mutual funds are going to lose money? Do they worry that others are going to swoop in and take their jobs away? Of course not, because they're children.

But the point remains the same: Whatever is vital to us is important to God. He tells us to trust Him like little children rely on their parents to provide for them. Our part is to seek His kingdom and His righteousness.

Did you ever notice a lot of the people Jesus took note of were what we might call "simple"? He cared not for the rich or famous. Instead, in the Gospels our attention is drawn to:

The men who dug a hole through a roof because it was the only way they could get their sick friend to Jesus for healing (Mark 2:1-12)

The woman with the issue of blood who pushed through the crowd to touch Jesus because she knew He could heal her (Mark 5:25-34)

The Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:1-42)

The poor widow who gave all she had (Mark 12:41-44)

The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)

As I read about these otherwise unremarkable people, I realize though they were simple, they demonstrated great faith. Can you imagine being so determined to get your friend to Jesus you make a hole in the roof of somebody's house? Can you imagine having been sick for over a decade and crawling through the crowd on your hands and knees, because you know if you can simply touch the hem of Jesus' garment, you will be made well?

Then there's the Samaritan woman. It was unheard of in biblical times for a Jew to even speak to a Samaritan, yet Jesus spoke to her. This woman came to the well alone, because nobody wanted to acknowledge her existence. The villagers knew her past, checkered with multiple marriages and sexual indiscretions. When she encountered Jesus at the well, she no doubt expected a lecture about her morality.

Instead, Jesus instantly recognized her real thirst. She was parched not just for the water she drew out of the well — she needed a Savior. Jesus offered her compassion and a way out of her messed-up life, because He cared enough to look beyond what everyone else knew about her.

Jesus is not interested in how many church boards you are involved with, or whether you teach youth or give money to charities — if you are not first rightly related to Him. Very simply, seek Him first. Trust Him to provide for all your needs. Go to Him as a child approaches a loving parent — with no doubt whatsoever that your Father knows your every need, and always has your best interests at heart.

Will His decisions always coincide with what you would like to have happen? Probably not. But remember, He is God, and He really does know what is best.

— Patty Kennedy describes her life as "a powerful illustration of God's matchless grace and redemption." She lives in Springfield, Mo., where her husband, John, serves as news editor for the Pentecostal Evangel.

 

 

 

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