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A Heart At Rest

How has saying yes to God through this study helped you find a heart at rest?

Well, I gotta be honest…right now my heart is NOT at rest.  Right now my heart is heavy and sad because I got some bad news.  But that’s okay, because:

Matthew 11:28-30

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

I am going to rest in Him today.  I am going to apply these truths that have been reinforced throughout this study.  I am going to seriously REST IN HIM.  We all belong to Him, and He has written the story.  I need to remember that the purpose of this study is not just to get through it, but to truly come out RADICALLY OBEDIENT on the other side.  That means I will listen to His whispers.  Follow hard after Him.  Not believe the lies of the enemy.

I started my year-long study of Matthew last night and was really inspired by our new teaching leader.  Her lecture was sweet and beautiful and inspiring.  One of the best things I heard was, “Truth satisfies because truth is a Person.”  A disciple is literally translated to “one who looks like Him.”  And that’s what I want.  I want people to see the Lord in me and the incredible work He’s done in me and others and what He can do for you, if you let Him.  My ministry may never reach farther than the 4 walls of my home and the handful of people that read this blog.  And that is okay.  My heart is at rest with whatever He’s got for me.  He is a God of order, and a creative Creator.  He’s got this.  HE’S.  GOT.  THIS.  Just be obedient to Him and not only will your cup be filled, but it will runneth over all over the place and splash everyone around you.  What a beautiful thing.

Jesus is not surprised by my sin – NOT AT ALL.  He knows me.  HE KNOWS TEMPTATION.  If I come to Him, He will give me rest.  If I repent, I am truly forgiven.  Coming to Him is our greatest joy and responsibility.  And when we come to Him, we need to be ready for His command to GO:

Matthew 4:19
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

You can’t be all like, “Okay, Jesus!  I love You and I want to follow You!  Just don’t make me do anything too hard, okay?”   No.  That’s not how it works.  He lays on our hearts what He wants us to do to glorify Him.  And hey, whaddaya know?  It usually lines right up with all the talents and gifts we were given when we were created.  Interesting…

So, here I come and here I go.  Jesus calls us to come EVERY DAY.  Rest in Him EVERY DAY.  Go do His work (in whatever capacity that may be) EVERY DAY.  There is no day off from this once you’re there.  You can try to take a day off, but you will be convicted.  God will lean on your heart a little bit and try to steer you back home.

I pray that God reveals Himself to me in His Son and in His Word as I read and study the Gospel of Matthew for the next 9 months.  I really cannot wait.  I fully expect to meet Jesus in a way I never did before.  And then, once again, every day, every minute, I can come to Him and rest.

What a beautiful thing.

 

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Berks County sunset

Less of me, more of Him

The “Say Yes” study officially begins tomorrow!  I had a really long car trip today, so I started a tad early and dug into the first chapter and a few of the questions.

I’ve decided I’m through messing around. I’m digging deep.  I’m trying to be a living, breathing, real-life example of what God is trying to do in my life.  The hard part about this is listening to Him and stepping out of my comfort zone and give what He wants me to give to who he wants me to give it to, and do what He wants me to do when He wants me to do it…no matter what it is or what the cost.

So what is holding me back?  Fear?  Intimidation?  Being able to truly lay down those things that separate me from Him?  Why do I want to cling to some piddly little things that will never fulfill me?  Those earthly treasures?

Which brings me to the sermon at church this morning.   We’ve been covering the Sermon on the Mount all summer, and today was Matthew 6:19-34:

Treasures in Heaven

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, [a] your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, [b] your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life [c] ?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

This has always been such  meaningful scripture to me, so I was really excited to hear that taught this morning.  Around the time we finish up the Sermon on the Mount, I will be starting my year-long study of Matthew. And this online study is about telling God that I am ready to SAY YES. It’s all obviously working together in my life right now.  I really feel like God is trying to tell me something.  Prepare me for the next step.  Use me for something good. At least I hope so. At the very least, I feel ready to really allow Him to work in me.  Remove some of that clutter. I laid it all down for Him this morning.  Yes, I will mess up.  Yes, I will fail to hear Him sometimes.  Yes, I will hear Him but pretend that I don’t sometimes.  But I want to give Him the best that I’ve got.  There is just no other way.  And that’s why I really am thankful for the opportunity to fine-tune
my “saying yes to God skills.”

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My notes from church this morning