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Grow Up

Grow Up

18 April 2010

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 20-21; Psalm 34; Matthew 5

Scripture:

“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” (Matthew 5:48 MSG)

Matthew, Chapters five through seven, is called “The Sermon on the Mount.” Jesus climbed a hillside above Lake Galilee and “those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, his climbing companions,” climbed the hillside with him. As Jesus taught them, I’m sure others made their way up the hill to listen, but this is primarily targeted at “those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, his climbing companions.”

Jesus told them that because they were Kingdom of God subjects, they should grow up and live what they believe. Jesus wasn’t criticizing them for their immaturity, he was painting a picture so that they could see the Kingdom Citizen potential in themselves, so they could get a glimpse of Kingdom life as Jesus saw it.

This is my dream, desire, and ambition! I want to grow up. I want to live out my God-created identity. I want to live generously and graciously toward others the way God lives toward me.

I hate it when I find pettiness and selfishness in me. When I get involved in petty disagreements or get upset over petty issues, I just hate it! I so want to live generously and graciously toward others, to live above pettiness and smallness of heart and spirit. Because of this desire, I put really high “living generously and graciously” expectations on my wife, my kids, and others I love most. Thank God they’re more generous and gracious to me than I deserve!

Today, I’m determined to do better! How about you? Shall we give it a try together?

Prayer:

Father, Forgive me for petty thoughts and petty attitudes. I’m learning that even though my pettiness makes me angry, it’s neither a surprise nor disappointment to you, because you know me with a Maker’s knowledge and you love me with a patient Father’s love. Help me grow up a little today, to live more generously and graciously toward others, the way you live toward me. I pray that I may increasingly live out my God-created identity. Today I will be one of Jesus’ climbing companions. Amen.

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