Daily Reading: October 10


Read Matt. 11:1-19
Mat 11:16-19 “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates, (17) “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ (18) For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ (19) The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”

So are you still demanding that God and Jesus (who is God) must meet your expectations as to what God and Jesus should be and do? It’s pretty arrogant of us sometimes to be telling God how to be God. We try to tell Jesus what sort of savior he must be. We have expectations of God and Christ which God has never told us he is like or is going to be doing or has done.

Get over yourself. Who are you to tell God what he should be doing or how he should be doing it? You can’t even dictate your own life and the lives of those around you. Yet we keep trying and our expectations are continually cast aside and then we’re disappointed because of unrealistic expectations of God.

If you really want to know what you can expect from God and Jesus (who is God) then you have to submit your expectations according to his revealed will which happens to be written down for us in what we normally call the Bible. Really, read through the whole thing 7 or 8 or even 10 times before you start telling God what sort of God he ought to be. He tells you what sort of God he is right there in the text and what you can expect from him.

And what sort of God and Jesus do we get? We get one that likes to get dirty and play in the mud. (Gen. 1 and 2) We get one who isn’t ashamed to call us brothers. (Heb. 2) We get one who associates with all sorts of people good and bad, up and down and a bunch of riff raff in the middle. Some even call him a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners. God and Jesus just are unrespectable. Because if he were respectable, then none of unrespectable people, who really need him, would ever approach him and be saved.

So if you want to be with the Father and with the Son, you too recognize your own unrespectability. It’s the only way you’ll ever accept the only God and Jesus there ever was, is and will be forever.

Heavenly Father, help us to have a right understanding of you and your Christ as it is revealed in your Word and give us faith that we might believe and trust in it. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.

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nanoo

It’s hard to come by educated people on this subject, but you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks|

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Tracee

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