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
Monday, March 5, 2012
When Jesus saw that he had answered intelligently, He said to him,
“You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that, no one would
venture to ask Him any more questions.
(Mark 12:34 NASB)
Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you,
this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury;
(Mark 12:43 NASB)
for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.”
(Mark 12:44 NASB)
Here in this Gospel passage we find a Scribe talking to Jesus about
what is most important, and surprisingly, he really gets it and
understands what is the most important and Jesus tells him that he is
not far from the kingdom. Jesus is constantly talking about this
kingdom -- a new kingdom in which the world's kingdoms would not thrive.
It is in this new kingdom that all of life is seen from an eternal
perspective, and this is what brings us to the widow. The widow comes
and puts two small copper coins into the treasury. The significance
here is that she is a widow. The few coins which she owned were to be
her "life insurance." They were all that she had in terms of worldly
treasure that might help her to survive. And yet, she gave all that she
had in the offering.
The significance found here is that in the new kingdom, we don't
need worldly treasure in which to survive. In the new kingdom, we need
to focus on two things; loving God and loving our neighbors. Can you
imagine if every single person in the world were to focus on those two
things? Quite literally, there would be no need for money in this world
for everyone would be cared for. Every need would be met. The widow's
action was one of thanksgiving before God, but also a huge statement of
trust. She was willing to live in the new kingdom, realizing that God
would care for her.
We are challenged today to step into the new kingdom. God wants us
to trust him for all things and yet, that can become difficult. Yes, it
may be easier to trust him when we have very little. My husband and I
have said that it's hard for Americans to see God's miracles, because
instead of going to him for our needs, people go to their credit cards and add
more debt to their lives. What if, like the widow, we were to radically
trust in him, for the daily needs of life. What if we could raise up a
new generation of children who have seen parents cry out to God at the
point of their need, and have seen God supply that need?
Kingdom behavior means that my priorities in life become loving God
and loving my neighbors. We pour ourselves out in service to God,
becoming reflections of Jesus to a needy world. By trusting in God for
our needs, the needy world can believe the words of our testimony.
Therefore we must get rid of the things of the world in which we are
placing our trust -- give it all to him -- and then engage with our
world. This is kingdom behavior.
Lord, I want to live as a kingdom citizen. Please, help me to
trust in you each and every single day for the needs -- not the wants!