Building towers with my boy today. On one level totally pointless. No tower remained. No dent made in the universe. But…
I delighted in seeing him engage in a task. Stretch his abilities. Hone his skills. Deal with disappointment. Partner with me, and enjoy it.
Genuine opportunity for us to build stuff that will last today, but I’ll try to remind myself – it’s much more about the engagement with the Father than anything He helps us to build.
A prayer we pray as part of community (us).
A prayer we pray every day. (Yesterday’s bread was only really good for yesterday.)
A prayer that shows this colossal kingdom stuff drives right down to our daily emotional reality. (Only the needy and hungry pray this honestly)
Call on the Father for that which you need today to continue walking on with Him.
In this week’s episode we break into a little Bible study. Jesus calms the storm. Enjoy:
The passage is Mark 4:35-41.
Question of the episode – what are your reflections on the passage?
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the joyful grabbing of annoyingly inconvenient opportunities to serve those who are actually in front of us?
Part of your shadowing and shining will be occasionally going without food to sharpen your focus on God’s leadership. When you do this don’t be like one of those guys who delight in displaying how much they’re suffering for their devotion. Foisting their fasting on others, writing it all over their face, fishing for respect and applause. What two faced phoneys! Keep to normal personal hygiene protocol when you fast – hey, get the shampoo and the lotions out, spruce yourself up a bit! Show your fasting only to the Father, and he’ll be sure to give you a real response.
Matthew 6:16-18 as part of the SAS Project
Is impossible. You’re a finite human. It’s not actually what Jesus calls us to.
Three groups of people Jesus calls the disciple to love:
One another. The people you’re doing this following Jesus thing with. Your small group. Your church. Those you are on the narrow road alongside. See here for what that could look like.
Your neighbour. Defined by Jesus as, ‘those who need help who come across your path’. Will sometimes be your actual neighbour. Many times it will be someone previously unknown to you.
Your enemy. The people who are in your life, who, if you’re honest, you don’t like. Maybe you hate them. And Jesus is specific about this – you pray for your persecutors, and in every interaction you seek to escalate upwards.
It takes the “love” thing from a wonderful ideal that we can all happily sign up to, but never actually live out, and turns it to an annoyingly practical command to lay down our own agendas and serve the people who we actually have contact with. Especially those against us.
Pray today that the disciples will grow in love. And when the inconvenient opportunity arises, humble yourself and take it with both hands.
H/T Hugo Anson
In the Greek it’s in the present continuous imperative. We don’t quite have a structure to convey it in English.
For non-grammar geeks, think of how sports team speak to each other on the pitch…
“Stick with him!”
There’s an urgency. They want each other to take immediate action. They don’t just want their team mate to perform their action once, but to go on with the action as long as is necessary until the desired outcome is achieved.