Scripture: Matthew 19-Matthew 21
Observation: So, from teaching about Divorce to Palm Sunday today’s reading seemed to be a lot about faithfulness! Faithfulness to each other. Faithfulness to God. Faithfulness to authority. What really surprised me though was my reactions to the two stories about fairness—when Jesus said that everyone would get into the kingdom—even if they came late. I’m talking about the story of the vineyard workers in 20:1-16 and 21:28-32. That God loves everyone—and that those who only praise God with their lips will have problems. But those who denounce for a while, and then come will have a place. Is that how we treat people? Or do we only believe “Good people” are worth our love?
Application: When I was a little girl, my mother tells stories of how worried I was about things being fair. She tells a story of me counting Christmas presents one year and being mad that Sarah got one more than I did. Since then she ALWAYS gives us the same number. But our God is good and merciful and loving and perfect, but not always fair. My Dad often says, “Fair is a place you go to ride rides and see shows”. God loves us and will take us when we turn to him with our lips and our eyes. Its not my job to judge others, its my job to love them and witness to them. Its my job to help them turn to Christ—with all that they are. So, I’m ready to go find new workers for the kingdom. Are you?
Prayer: Spirit of Truth—Remind me today to be faithful to your word, your will, and your way. Remind me to love instead of judge and pray instead of persecute. Remind me that you are merciful not fair. That you call me to be faithful, not jealous. Thank you for all I have, all I am, and all I will be. Amen.
June 13-- Matthew 22-Matthew 24
June 14-- Matthew 25-Matthew 27
June 15-- Matthew 28
June 16-- Mark 1-Mark 3
June 17-- Mark 4-Mark 6
June 18-- Mark 7- Mark 9
June 19-- Mark 10- Mark 12