Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Jan | 08 | Next please!


Next please!

John 1:11-12
He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: NKJV

Jesus came first to that Apple of God’s eye, the Jewish people. Now then, today, it’s not so much the eschatology, dispensational or otherwise, or the missiology that I want to look at, but rather, it is that rotten propensity of familial familiarity and its natural consequences.

The strangeness of humanity is that sons and daughters often reject the blessings which their parents have received. I have been a Pastor long enough to see that not only must each generation choose for themselves which path they shall tread, but that path is often contrary to the one chosen by their parents. I have observed that there is no formula to be applied to families to ensure right generational choices, there is no equation to be followed which lead to the right outworking of the sum of all sensibleness. No, each generation chooses their own direction and often it is contrary to the good direction chosen by their parents. This is the prodigal propensity of familial familiarity. When we allow family and church education and all social connectivity to become subject to the louder, greater, cooler, sexier, secular and all intrusive world. What else can we expect? DO NOT underestimate the seductive power of the present world. When this happens, we go to or own and they reject us. when Jesus came to His own, they rejected Him. The power of their present day pulverized their capacity to see and desire the grace that was set before them.

The consequence of such rejection is that God will take His offer elsewhere. God is no sullen eyed rejected lover. He knows that His offerings are awesome. If you don’t want them, then someone else will. I agree with the Driscoll approach to courtship when a young man can approach a young woman and say “ I have a job and a Bible will you marry me?” and if the answer is “No”, then them simply responding by saying “next please!” over his right shoulder and moving on. Jesus came to the Jews of his day, in familial contempt they said “No” to His offers and he said “Next please” and moved on.


He might just move on.

Listen:- Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him," Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!" Then He said to him, "A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, 'Come, for all things are now ready.' But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.' And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.' Still another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.' And the servant said, 'Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.' Then the master said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.'" Luke 14:15-24 NKJV

Pray: -  Father, come once and twice, and a thousand times more knocking upon the closed doors of the deaf and the ungrateful dead. Father, wait once more at all our unopened doors, and please Great Heart, do no depart from the dwellings of those we love and long for, nor ever move the nightlight of Your presence from the halls of our abode. amidst all our faithlessness, be faithful. Amongst all our waywardness be steadfast, straight and true. Father, be all that we are not, for we have forgot Your goodness and your greatness toward us. Father, forget me not

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