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Apr 18

“It’s All Relative for 100”

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April 18, 2012 Bible Reading

Joshua 16:1-18:28
Luke 19:1-27
Psalms 87:1-7
Proverbs 13:11

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Lot’s of places to go today in scripture. It would be tough to touch on all that is here today, so I’m going to focus on the one thing that stands out to me. I’d love to hear what stands out to you. Email me or leave comment and share.

Jesus’ compassion, understanding, and love for all people is truly amazing. It blew people away that he would not only talk with such a sinner like Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector, but he also chose Zacchaeus’ home to visit. In fact, it says the people grumbled against him for this.

In true Jesus form, He really didn’t care. He knows truth and the work He was sent to do and He does it. I draw strength from that. Zacchaeus puts aside what he had formerly put all of his trust in, money, and chose to follow Jesus. That is an amazing story. It’s about removing those idols in our lives so we can receive the Word of God. I love what Jesus says next.

“Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:9, 10 NIV)

The funny thing is, it doesn’t have to be money. It can be and often is, but it doesn’t have to be. I wrote yesterday about the same thing, but it’s about clearing the path. Removing the “junk” we’ve created for ourselves so the path is clear to hear the Lord.

“It’s All Relative for 100”

What I like most about this is Jesus’ posture of heart. He knows what to do and does it no matter who cares. He is Truth, the Way, and the Life for sure. It’s amazing when I look around in my life and note those that have that power of truth or at least have glimmers of it. Often we are drawn to people because they have that evidence of truth. They know what they are doing, what they will do, and the don’t care who doesn’t like it. Not in a mean way. Like Jesus, we don’t need to withhold compassion from those that don’t understand yet, but we do need to be steadfast in our convictions of truth. Yep… that’s what I’m going to carry with me today.

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Me and J.C. had some company last night at the Bible Study. It was good to be in the presence of the Lord and watch Him work within his people last night. Thank you to all for your support. Keep praying… IT’s WORKING!

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  1. April Maas

    Great message today Ryan!

  2. Ryan McKinney

    Thanks April. Love ya!

  3. AUNGIE

    So…i’m just going to be honest…that part from Joshua was really difficult for me to follow, especially with my ADHD…i needed a map! BUT when I read Luke it came together! I feel like this scripture really hit home, especially after our discussion at Bible study last night. Correct me if I’m completely wrong (b/c I might be…), but I feel like the parable is basically telling us that we need to use what God has given us to the best of our ability and to serve our purpose He has for us. If we do not use these gifts that he has given us and keep them for ourselves, God will take them away from us. If we do use our gifts to serve His purpose, then we will be rewarded. I also interpreted this parable as…we must remain faithful stewards of the Lord, rather than doing what we always want to do with our lives. If we do what we want, rather than want God wants us to do, we will not receive the comfort that He wants to give us. If we do honor God by doing the things he has called us to do, rather than satisfying ourselves, than He will reward us with comfort and happiness. I find this to be VERY difficult at times, b/c I do not always want to do what I know God is telling me to do, but I want to do what I want to do. But I know that in the end, relinquishing that control is the right thing. :-) p.s. was this blog title a tribute to “Friends”? hehe!

  4. Ryan McKinney

    Nailed it. And yes it’s a tribute to “Friends”… And you!

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