Monday, January 31, 2011
As Jesus was dying on the cross, he told his disciple John to take his mother as her own and to his mother he said that John was to be as her son. Now I know in the Hebrew culture a woman without husband or sons to care for her was in a very bad situation. And even though Mary no longer had Joseph to care for her, she did have other children. Jesus, we know, had brothers. So, why did they not care for Mary? Or did they? Was John simply asked to care for her in the moment because they both needed each other? I am just wondering about this. Can anyone answer?
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
I love these verses that I read just the other day. Psalm 39:6,7 " We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you." I love the first part. "We are merely moving shadows..". Hmm, in light of eternity, this life is so fleeting that we are not even considered a solid, fleshly creature, but only the shadow of. We will be a memory in the histories of this life more quickly than we imagine. So, if that's the case, why do we struggle so hard each day? I guess, our daily grind as we sometimes feel it is, can be what is should be, or it can be totally senseless. What I mean is that God gave us work to do, both the daily work of upkeep, and breadwinning. We are to work because it builds good character, makes us responsible, gives us a place to walk our walk so that others see who we are in Christ. Some people though, are all for themselves. It's all about living in this world and they don't see the futilty of building a 'kingdom' for themselves. We are to honor God in all that we do, and not be idle. Idleness breeds acts of the flesh. And, it's against the example God himself gave us,( work 6 days and rest on the 7th). And, if we are so busy working and hoarding, then when will we have time to the good works that have been prepared for us to do before we were even conceived? We need to know that this life is about God, and about His will, and part of His will is for us to redeem the time while waiting for His return. In other words, get out there and make disciples, be good examples and good stewards. If you make a lot of money, then God has given you opportunity to take care of others who are in need. This is just one way to do His will. So, as we are all passing quickly through this life, what legacy will we leave behind for others? A legacy of work, work, work, to get money, money, money and build a kingdom for yourself that someone else will get when you're gone? Nah!! Let's not do that. Let's leave a legacy of working for the purpose of pleasing God and leading others to Him.