Proverbs 19:18-19 Discipline your children while there is still hope. Avoiding it can be deadly. People who are quick to become angry must pay the price. Protect them from punishment, and they become worse.
25 Then Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. I am thankful that you have hidden these things from those who are so wise and so smart. But you have shown them to people who are like little children. 26 Yes, Father, you did this because it’s what you really wanted to do.
27 “My Father has given me everything. No one knows the Son—only the Father knows the Son. And no one knows the Father—only the Son knows the Father. And the only people who will know about the Father are those the Son chooses to tell.
28 “Come to me all of you who are tired from the heavy burden you have been forced to carry. I will give you rest. 29 Accept my teaching.[a] Learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will be able to get some rest.
These scriptures help me these days as I teach my kids about who Jesus is and their need for Jesus as Lord and Savior. It also helps me as I share the same information with people at work. The promises of a gentle and humble Jesus who gives rest to those who come to Him motivates me to keep telling my kids and others about Jesus. Rest from avoiding and ignoring their responsibility for their bad nature and bad actions. Rest from trying to cover up their wrong actions and wrong motivations with good actions. Rest from being alone. However, the fact that Jesus chooses who will understand and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior helps me be more gentle as I share this information. I know that even the smartest argument of mine is not going to get anybody to see and know Jesus as God and Savior without Jesus giving them that ability.
Mathew 10:24-28 ESV (Jesus speaking)
24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant[a] above his master. 25 It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign[b] those of his household.
26 “So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.[c]
Jesus is not telling me that if I’m a good Christian, he will give a blessed life now or soon. Instead, Jesus seems to be preparing me and others for the hardships of the real world even as follower of HIm , If I follow Jesus, I should expect people to mock me, betray me, and gossip about me. Maybe physically assault and kill me and my family. Because that is what happened to Jesus and He was/is perfect. And I’m following this Jesus.
10 Later, Jesus and his disciples were having dinner at Matthew’s house.[d] Many tax collectors and other sinners were also there. 11 Some Pharisees asked Jesus’ disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and other sinners?”
12 Jesus heard them and answered, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor, but sick people do.13 Go and learn what the Scriptures mean when they say, ‘Instead of offering sacrifices to me, I want you to be merciful to others.’ I didn’t come to invite good people to be my followers. I came to invite sinners.”
I, a sinner in need of a savior, have also been invited to follow Jesus. It is helpful to remember this so that I don’t put my faith in myself, but rather in Jesus. Putting my faith in myself or my belief in myself is silly because I’m a sinner. I need to put my faith in the Jesus who invites sinners to be saved in Him. Thank you Jesus.
Mathew 8:18-22 (CEV)
18 When Jesus saw the crowd,[a] he went across Lake Galilee. 19 A teacher of the Law of Moses came up to him and said, “Teacher, I’ll go anywhere with you!”
20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens, and birds have nests. But the Son of Man doesn’t have a place to call his own.”
21 Another disciple said to Jesus, “Lord, let me wait till I bury my father.”
22 Jesus answered, “Come with me, and let the dead bury their dead.”[b]
This reminds again not to focus on ceremonial work and to make following my Lord Jesus the priority of my life. This also helped remind me that Jesus’s life here on earth was difficult, lonely, and without a place of rest. I should not expect to be treated better than Jesus if I’m going to seriously follow him.
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
These words of Jesus are on my mind daily. It makes me reflect on whether I’m too busy doing work for the Lord that are not motivated by an intimate relationship with the Lord. Knowing the Lord and being known by the Lord should be what motivates to do all my daily tasks and special responsibilities/missions with thankfulness to the Lord.
Mathew 6:24 ESV
This scripture was a help to me as I help my son understand the futility of worshiping things, obssessing over things, and the meaning of sin.
My son is obsessed with getting things and having better things than other people. This is normal for his age but I’m trying to get him used to hearing a different way and so I”m highlighting the dangers of his materialistic focus.I use this verse plus I talk about what is sin (doing things for yourself rather than for God.)
I have really come to realize that my joy level is connected to my belief in the true goodness and loving kindness of God.
Praise to God for a Living Hope
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
We’ve all felt lonely before. When those feelings come, we have to remember God’s promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us. We are never alone!