Jan. 31, 2017

Right in front of my face...

I’m getting older. I can’t run from the fact that I am getting older. As my husband says, “Getting older beats the alternative.”

One thing that drives me crazy about getting older is forgetting things. My memory isn’t as good as it used to be. The other day I was searching for my glasses. I became extremely frustrated knowing I just had them! Where could they be? I stopped long enough to get a drink of water. When I looked down to fill up the cup, guess what? My glasses were clipped to the neck of my shirt. I slipped them there so I would not lose them. They were right in front of my face the entire time. 

This verse is another example of something being right in front of my face: “The Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son.” John 5:22  

In the words of Ricky Ricardo, “Lucy, we got a lot of ‘splaining to do.” 

If we want to know what God expects, we must examine the life of Jesus. If we want to live within God’s will, we must examine the life of Jesus. If we want God to be happy, we better examine our lives against Jesus’ teachings and practices. 

Trying to decide what’s right or wrong? Trying to determine what’s good or bad? What’s truth and what is a lie? Let’s look at Jesus; only Jesus. 

True Followers of Christ follow Christ’s example. Church people come up with rules and guidelines. Religious people divide up into sects and throw stones across the pond.  Christians typically believe in Christ and may have “accepted Him as Savior,” but to follow Christ is to follow God. 

What did Christ say about loving others? What did Christ say about religion? What did Christ do for the poor? What was His point in the parable of the Good Samaritan?  

Until you read the Bible, not just go to church; not just have a religious experience; not just be a good Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, or any other man-formed religion – until you know Jesus, you don’t know what God wants. Until you know what God wants, you will not please Him. If I don’t please Jesus, I don’t please God. 

Many tell me the Bible is too hard to understand. May I suggest that you Google “The Parables of Jesus” and read them? Get to know Jesus - really know Jesus - and I believe all our questions will be answered.