Sunday, 10 May 2015

Mummy, do you know Jesus?

Today's REAP readings: 2 Samuel 18, 20; Psalm 56; John 21

"For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life" {Psalm 56:13}

One thing about being a mum is that you never know what the next conversation might be with your children. All kinds of interesting topics come up around the dinner table, in the car, on the way to school, even on our way to church. One thing with children is it seems all topics are up for grabs with not much censoring at times, meaning there can be much talk about poo and wee much to my dislike.

But recently I was caught a little off guard on our way to preschool when my littlest suddenly comes out with;

"Mummy, do you know Jesus?"

"Um well yes as a matter of fact I do"

"But how mummy you can't even see him?"

"Hmm well um err well I read the Bible, I um pray to him and yeah". 

Probably not the best theological answer on the spot...

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But his question got me thinking and in particular drew me back to some of the recent REAP readings, in particular the gospel of John as I tried to think of a better answer.

John wants  readers of his account to believe Jesus is who He says He is and he seems to big on giving us the truth...

Check out some of these verses;

 "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth" {John 1:14}

"But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him" {John 4:23}

"and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" {John 8:32}

"Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" {John 14:6}
"even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you" {John 14:17}

So when my little boy asks me next time, I'm gonna say this;
"I know Jesus, because I believe he came to save me, I trust his words completely and I know that he could never lie to me or take his love away. I know Jesus, and even though I can't see him, his Spirit dwells deep in my heart giving me an assurance of his never ending love and grace. I know Jesus  because He died for me and for you and one day we'll see him face to face"

Do you know Jesus?

Saturday, 18 April 2015

My Soul Will Boast...

Today's REAP readings: 1 Sam 20,21 ; Psalm 34; James 4

"I will bless the Lord at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
    let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
    and let us exalt his name together!" {Psalm 34:1-3}

As I came to sit in my usual REAP spot this morning, the sun streaming in through the window after an evening of rain, I was reminded just how good it is to wake up fresh each morning and come to the Word. How tempting it can be sometimes to pick up the phone and scroll the news or facebook but more and more the puffed up worlds of others, the constant boasting, the endless love of the material just aren't all that enticing to listen to anymore...

 I'd much rather spend some time listening to someone that truly loves me...

So when I read through the Psalmists initial words this morning, in my heart I felt the same, it really did become my morning prayer.

Listen to this;
"I sought the LORD; and he answered me; he delivered my from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant" (v4-5)
"Oh yes Lord! Help me to trust you more, help me to stop fearing the "what ifs", make me radiant too!"

Then moving on to the readings in James, I couldn't help but be drawn to this;
"Lord please help them to love each other!"

"What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don't get it" (James 4:1-2)
We are nearing the end of school holidays here and well I have noticed the bickering and squabbles getting a lot more frequent. Discussing the book of James at the dinner table has been a perfect opportunity to discuss why all this "ungodly" behaviour is coming about.

We basically narrowed it down to "sin", as James puts it "Anyone, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins" (v17) and we were all guilty of it.

It was a good chance to say sorry to God and to each other and ask for his forgiveness which of course He lavishes upon us when we come to him with a sincere heart. I love these moments as a family when we all "get it", we realise there is something not quite right in us that needs fixing.

I used to want the perfect family...and thought if I tried hard enough I could have it

But God can't use a perfect family, he uses incredible messes like us, because they're the one's that understand that they need God's help, they need Jesus, they need forgiveness and the Spirit to enable them to really change and grow and become a godly family, one that is well on the way to perfection!

But not until they reach Heaven!

"Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you" (James 4:7-8)

Is your family perfect?