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VBS 2019 ROAR!

Hello church this week we hosted a large group of children for our annual Vacation Bible School. It was a long week with all the kids here learning about Jesus and making new friends. It reminded my of Jesus and how He views children. This scripture in Matthew 18 tells us the story of the disciples coming to Him with a question of “who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” and Jesus reminded them of who is the greatest in God’s eyes. It’s a good reminder for us as well to remember “who is the greatest” in God’s kingdom. 

Matt 18.1-6 ESV

1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3 and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  5 Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, 6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”



Vs 1 The disciples came to Jesus with a question. It’s good to ask Jesus questions, but what kind of questions do we ask of Jesus?

Vs 1 notice what they [the disciples] ask Him - Who is the greatest in God’s kingdom? Where did this come from and why would they ask such a thing? A wrong perspective caused their focus to be off and they forgot the importance of the gospel message! Is Jesus the greatest focus of my life? Whenever we lose our focus of Jesus we will always ask the wrong questions.

Vs 2 Jesus calls a child and He places the child in His “midst” Jesus knows us individually and desires us to remain in His presence. When He calls us how faithful are we to remain in His presence? How often do we wander away from Him?

Vs 3 “truly I say to you” Everything Jesus says is Truth [John 14.16-17]! If we believe that then why do we ask questions?  Since He is truth do we adhere to His truth in our lives?

Vs 3 “unless YOU turn and become like children YOU we never enter the kingdom of heaven.” The relationship Jesus desires with us is a personal one. What does my relationship with Jesus look like? He has already made an entrance for me to the kingdom of heaven, but have I accepted His invitation? 

Vs 4 humility is the key to child like faith and Jesus is the model of humility and true humility is crucial to the kingdom of heaven. Entrance to the kingdom has been given, but unless we humble [James 4.5-10] ourselves we won’t see it. 

Vs 5 whoever receives one such child receives Jesus Christ. We need to receive [to take hold of] the gift of Christ in faith BELIEVING that Christ has built the bridge back to the kingdom of heaven. Have I done this, have I made the decision to receive Christ as my personal saviour and as my Lord? This is why He came to offer the gift of salvation.

Vs 6 BUT - whoever causes one of these to that believes to sin. We should never become a reason to cause others to sin. Jesus is using this example to connect the child like faith to our own humble acceptance of the Gospel message. If I knowingly done this, causing others to sin, have I made amends? Ask God to reveal any such offences [Psalm 139.23-24] and then make restitution with anyone we have wronged to maintain a right relationship with our Lord [Matt 18.15-20].

 

 

Now I’ll ask the same question of us today “who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven”? Take few moments reflecting on the lesson Jesus gives us here and remember God’s love for you and His desire to see you in heaven someday.

Amen - praise the Lord for this years VBS 364 days till we do it again!

 

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What Me Worry?

Matt 6:25-34 “What Me Worry?”

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

V25 life is more than material things

V26 you are valuable.

V27 worrying does no one any good.

V28 -29 man's work doesn't compare to God's splendor.

V30 -31 if God takes care of the plants won't He take care of us.

V32-33 worldly people focus on worldly things, but Jesus say to seek first God and His kingdom and righteousness and everything else comes back into alignment.

V34 take it as it comes and trust in Him.

 

  • God must be number one but when we are worried about stuff we lose focus of God. (Luke 10 38-42)
  • The devil wants us distracted because it pulls our vision from the Lord and we lose.
  • When our family has needs won't we do everything within our power to get it, therefore wouldn’t our heavenly Father make provision for us!
    • Cf: Psalms 85.10-13; Psalms 118.5-7; Isa 25.1-5; Matt 10.29-31; 2 Cor 9.8-10
  • Worry is unbelief!
    • Worry is hypocrisy to our faith!
  • We are VERY valuable to LORD.
  • We are created by Lord to worship Him not only here, but also in the age to come.
  • When we begin to worry and we will (we're human) bring yourself back to worshipping Him.
    • 2 Cor 10:3-5

 

As humans beings will at times face times of doubt and worry, but the Lord has reminded us over and over through scripture that He will be there to see us through.

Pastor Dave shared this quote from Corrie Ten Boom she said this about worry, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.”

What a great reminder from a woman who had every opportunity to worry, yet she chose to trust in God and His faithfulness. Friends when the storm hits and we find ourselves giving into the worries of life let us quickly turn our hearts and minds to God. Amen.

 

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