“Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them….”
We had a really nice family dinner last night, celebrating Nate’s 9th birthday. There is more than one “Musing” rolling around in my head about our time together…. so… I will start with this one….
Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go….” This is the part that depends on us…. I have enjoyed watching Nate being trained by his parents… when parents put the clamps on early, (in the beginning), then gradually loosen the restraints, we are training our children “in the way they should go”… most folks today do the opposite… we let children do whatever they want in the beginning (and children want what they want when they want it) and then we try to put the clamps on when he/she reaches their teens… oh my…. how did that work out…
When we do what depends on us… then He does the rest ….. and… Proverbs 22:6 continues … “Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Jesus has made it so simple… so clear… so easy…. how come we make it so complicated… ?
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.”
“Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
“And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.”
“Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!”
“Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
Hopefully… these scriptures say it simply and clearly…. maybe we could come to Him more like the little children… and the Kingdom will become ours as well.
the best way I know… in order to have the “right things in your heart”… and make it totally safe to “do what is in your heart“… is a pretty simple way… just ask Him about everything you want to do!!!!
Throughout scripture He tells us these kinds of things constantly….
it is safe to do them… 🙂
Follow me and I will…
Come to me all you who are…
Seek me and you will…
Ask me and you will…
Knock and it shall…
Everyone who thirsts… come….
These verses are all about Jesus…. not about religious activities or getting “things” from God… If you’ve never given this a try…. why not? You might discover Him in a whole different way. 🙂
We could do this. We could do that. We could do the other also. But… what … is in our hearts... what has been cooking in there but never expressed… what is it that I really, really, really would like to do.
That time when I explained to our son, what I meant about his “doing what is in your heart to do” … I showed him some options that he could think about, based on his background and life up to this point…
He had graduated with a justice degree from American University… so I told him he could go back and pursue a law degree and be an attorney.
He had leukemia at age 15… so I told him he could come back to Vermont and become a doctor of oncology at UVM Medical School.
He was a high school basketball superstar… so I told him he could come back to Vermont and coach his old high school’s basketball team. Don’t make it about “money”… just make it about what is in your heart.
You could put all your belongings in a back pack and just travel wherever you have ever wanted to go…. just be a vagabond… travel the world!
You are our son. We love you. We will support you in whatever choice you make.
We all have options and choices to make. Personally, I just want what God wants… then I believe that what is in my heart is what He put there… I also know that I am His son… that He loves me… that He will support me in whatever choice I make.
Why not do what is in your heart to do? What are we afraid of? Missing God? We would rather do what someone us tells us to do? Hmmmm….
Our son had moved to Chicago and taken a job with Arthur Anderson. They hired 70 people the day they hired him… everyone making over $40,000 a year… they had 85,000 employees… I need to tell you, that is a world I have no understanding of at all… 🙂
Then came the Enron scandal in 2002… our son made it thru the first 7000 people they laid off… but not the second round of 7000. He called us asking for any advice we might have. Guess what I told him? It was the first time I ever said this. I suggested that he “do whatever was in his heart”…
Then I explained to him what that means. I’ll explain it to you tomorrow… 🙂
“…. everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21: 25
This is a statement of the human condition… presented very negatively in the old testament… Hold on for minute… what else would fallen man do? We all have eaten from the wrong tree… that Tree of Knowledge … so we can be as God… so we can decide what is right and what is wrong… what else would we do but “what is right in our own eyes.” That’s what our natural man does… all the time.
But…. we are living in the new testament now… Jesus has come to live His life in us… if we have “abandoned” ourselves to Him… He then puts things in our hearts to do…. if we are trusting Him…. trusting that it is His voice we are following… it is imperative then to make the choice to “do what is in our hearts”….
I will try to expand this a little more tomorrow… 🙂
The choices we make are so important… your choices depend totally on you… never let some one else run your life…. make your own choices.
I am not talking about your boss, your government, the local police, those who have legal authority or any of that… the scripture is very clear about that… we submit to those in authority… the choice we make there is to obey them… lots of folks choose not to do that.
What I am talking about is all the voices we hear saying “this is the way… walk in it”... those voices come from everywhere…. from God, from His enemy, from friends, from family, from things we read, things we hear, things we see… we need to sift thru them… talk to the Lord about them… then make our choice…
Do what is in your heart to do…. make the choice…