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
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
“But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ palaces!
(Matthew 11:8 NASB)
The people were questioning Jesus about John the Baptist. They had the wrong impression of the one who was to announce the way before
the Messiah. Somehow they had developed their own thoughts on what
he ought to be like and were disturbed by the one who had been sent to
them. Had they expected someone looking like a king? Well, they had
certainly looked in the wrong place for John was not in soft clothing
like those in the palaces who did not have to work, but rather he was
dressed to live in the wilderness and was preparing the way for Christ.
How often do have expectations of how God is supposed to become
involved in the affairs of our lives? We have a rather worldly
perspective and vision of what his work in the world is supposed to
look like. Often that is what might be viewed as "an acceptable" way in
which he should work, or engage us in his work. We want his work to be
dressed in soft clothing, when often he needs to come in the rough and
tumble of the day. We are not necessarily comfortable with the rough
and tumble and the soft clothing is so much more attractive to us.
Doesn't God get it? Why wouldn't he do things in ways which are more
pleasant for all of us? Maybe that's the whole point -- that the things
that God does are about kingdom work, and are therefore centered on
him, and not on us. We can't expect everything in life to be wrapped in
soft clothing. There will be times when things will seem as crazy as
the wild man, John the Baptists who was dressed in coarse clothing and
ate wild food! But the Spirit of God was with John the Baptist, and we
are promised that the Spirit of God will be with us as well. All we are
required to do is to trust him, day in and day out. We must stop
looking and wishing for the soft clothing, and trust God in the
coarseness of life.
Lord, thank you for the coarse moments which help to define us into the people you desire us to be. Amen.