My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Still Stirring things Up
And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. (John 2:14 NASB)
And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of
the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of
the money changers and overturned their tables;
(John 2:15 NASB)
and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.”
(John 2:16 NASB)
His disciples remembered that it was written, “ZEAL FOR YOUR HOUSE WILL CONSUME ME.”
(John 2:17 NASB)
Jesus came to the temple and He stirred things up. He looked at
how things were being done and He was greatly disturbed. The people had
found a way to make money by commercializing God's work. Jesus was
literally angry with what He saw and this is the one time we see Him
respond in such a manner. The temple was His Father's house and it had
been turned into something that His Father would never have wanted.
Jesus was ready to stir things up because He couldn't stand to see what
had happened to the house of God.
We are faced with the concern today that we need to stir things up
in regard to passing on the faith to the next generation. However, that
is not the only concern where things need to be stirred up. What we
are reading is that the next generation is not necessarily "un"
spiritual -- but rather, they are rejecting the "religion" of the
previous generation. That is when we have to ask ourselves, "why?"
Does the stirring up need to begin at home?Is there something about the
way that we have practiced our faith that has become repulsive to the
younger generations? Is there an incongruity between the religion we
purport to believe and the way in which we live?
Jesus stirred things up at the temple because they just weren't
right. Maybe we need to stir things up at church because they're just
not right! Maybe we need to stop and look at ourselves and wonder why
the next generation isn't interested in our faith.
I want to stir things up! I want to be able to pass on a healthy
faith to the next generation but they've got to be able to look at me
and see that it's real. Being the church, or a person of faith has
nothing to do with commercialism or "selling" anything. It has to do
with stepping into the stream of the power of the Holy Spirit and living
a genuine Spirit-filled life day in and day out. It must be a life in
which God gets the glory.
It's time to stir things up. Let's start by stirring ourselves up.
Lord, may I look at my own life and desires and please, stir me up and help get rid of the things that are inconsistent. Amen.