Friday, January 21, 2011

John 7 - Safety first

John 7:1
1 After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him.

I love this verse. I cannot say that I have ever payed attention to it before but today it was like gold in my heart. I have two thoughts as to why I love this:

1. Jesus didn't do things just to say that he could. He didn't go to Judea not because he didn't think that he could escape death, he didn't go to Judea because God had not instructed him to be there yet. He is obedient. Judea was full of action, that is where the huge gathering was but Jesus didn't desire the attention enough to be disobedient. he waited because he knew his time in Judea would come at the right time. How often do I want to jump into new things because they will get me ahead, or they will be full of publicity, or they will make money? Jesus trusts God enough to trust His timing. That is a huge lesson in itself. Wait to be told to move before you sprint off in the wrong direction.

2. How often do we find ourselves, even in our intentional living and ministry, purposefully hurting ourselves? I'm not talking death blows but flesh wounds. In the words of Johnny cash, "I hurt myself today, to see if I still feel." I am serious. Is it not natural to expect the worse? When things are smooth, when things are working there is always a spot reserved in the free will portion of our brains to trigger a destructive emotion that is ticking like a time-bomb. In order to feed the emotion there becomes a subconscious search for distress. Jesus doesn't want things to go wrong. He is stoked about perfection, he desires good. He didn't go to Judea because it would disturb his ministry, his death was not necessary at that time yet he still had feeling, he wasn't searching for pain he simply trusts that good is good.

14 comments:

Penina said...

Wow, that is a great perspective on the verse! I think I have taken that verse for granted many times in the past.

Your post reminds me of a sermon, I am not sure it I heard it on the radio or at Westside, but the pastor talked about how strange it is that many people will say, "This must be God's will", "It's part of building my faith", etc...not that those statements are bad, but you are right we often don't realize just how much pain and affliction we bring upon ourselves. I think sometimes we cop out of the blame or try to reason or argue in our own defense.

You had some hard hitters in this post that really made me re-evaluate how I viewed that verse and the message behind it. May God continue to bless you with insight and guidance!

repentance said...

Problem is that our motto is saftey first but Jesus moto is obedience first. Now we can misuse this verse to support our wrong saftey first bias. our over-protection of self stands in the way of following Jesus.
Please read my unorthodox blog ; a result of 40 year preaching among Muslims.

zahirdeshi said...

http://sam-whatdotheyneed.blogspot.com/2011/01/john-8-staying-power.html

zahirdeshi said...

Thanks I read your Article it's, this is very nice, Thanks,
bookmakers free bets

kevin21 said...

Amelie Shearling Boot

Caroline Ballet Flat Tory Burch Sale

Cheetah Reva Ballet Flat

Tory Burch Amelie Shearling

Tory Burch Christal Boot

Tory Burch Christal High Heel Boot Review

Tory Burch Duck Boots

Tory Burch Flats

Tory Burch Flip Flops

Tory Burch Model Tb0151

Tory Burch Riding Boot

yh said...

sandales Christian Louboutin
Christian Louboutin pas cher
tee-shirts louis vuitton
louis vuitton pas cher
juicy couture tasche
louis vuitton tasche>
versace tasche
chloe tasche
gucci tasche
tee shirts polo
polo bolsas
tee shirts
ceinture en cuir
jeans
chaussures nike
chaussures puma
sac fendi
sac guess
sandales Christian Louboutin
Christian Louboutin pas cher
porte cles chanel
bracelet louis vuitton
chloe tasche
ed hardy bolsas
sac chloe
sac dior

Vivian said...

For everyday tasks to complex projects and programs, Microsoft Project 2010 combines powerful planning capabilities with advanced collaboration tools to help your agency set realistic expectations - and manage time, personnel, and resources to stay on time and budget.Project 2010 download gives individual users an intuitive, easy way to lay out tasks and timelines

8585 said...

The latest release of the shoppable magazine for iPhone and iPad from the house ofGUCCI is filled with both trendsetting fashion and timeless craftsmanship. Now you can read, shop and share anytime, any place.
  グッチ ウェストバッグ
  グッチ ショルダーバッグ
  グッチ トートバッグ

James Pereira said...

Hello,u have a nice blog. U r invited to visit my blog true-shapherd.blogspot.in

smith Green said...

I like your post! Thanks!!
Nike NFL jerseys

Nike Elite jerseys

Nike Game jerseys

smith Green said...

Oh that's nice, that's real nice
Nike Elite jerseys

Nike Game jerseys

Discount NFL jerseys

annie said...

ceinture en cuir burberry
ceinture en cuir calvin klein
ceinture en cuir chanel
ceinture en cuir dior
ceinture en cuir dolce gabbana
ceinture en cuir ed hardy
ceinture en cuir fendi
ceinture en cuir hermes
ceinture en cuir levis
ceinture en cuir louis vuitton
ceinture en cuir prada
ceinture en cuir versace
Lunettes de soleil
Lunettes de soleil armani
Lunettes de soleil burberry
Lunettes de soleil carrera
Lunettes de soleil chanel
Lunettes de soleil dior

Sista Cala said...

enjoyed reading some of your posts this evening. keep up the good work.

sherlina halim said...

Pengen yang lebih seru ...
Ayo kunjungi www.asianbet77.com
Buktikan sendiri ..

Real Play = Real Money

- Bonus Promo Red Card pertandingan manapun .
- Bonus Mixparlay .
- Bonus Tangkasnet setiap hari .
- New Produk Sabung Ayam ( minimal bet sangat ringan ) .
- Referal 5 + 1 % ( seumur hidup ) .
- Cash Back up to 10 % .
- Bonus Royalty Rewards setiap bulan .

Untuk Informasi lebih jelasnya silahkan hubungi CS kami :
- YM : op1_asianbet77@yahoo.com
- EMAIL : melasian77cs@gmail.com
- WHATSAPP : +63 905 213 7234
- WECHAT : asianbet_77
- SMS CENTER : +63 905 209 8162
- PIN BB : 2B4BB06A / 28339A41

Salam Admin ,
asianbet77.com

Download Disini