1.8.2017

Daily Practice: 
 

Prayer (5 minutes):

  • Thank God for His divine purpose for you life & re-entrust this week to His hands
  • Spend a few moments releasing the top 3 obstacles that have you concerned and worried to Him.
  • Ask Him to open your mind to His Word this week, and to point out areas in your life that are grounded in “earthly thinking” instead of His Way.

Scripture (5 minutes): Read the passage below. Take your time. What is the phrase that resonates with you the most?

John 2:13-22(ESV)

The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.”

His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?”Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?”

But he was speaking about the temple of his body. When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

Meditation (5 minutes): Meditate on the line below. Repeat it 3x out loud.

“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

Jesus went into the Temple to worship, and found it covered in the filth of human striving.

Pastor Frank Ramseur calls this the “human grease” that’s left behind when we try to take control, strive for our own wealth, and obtain glory.

That’s exactly what Jesus found in the church. People using God’s name to turn a quick dollar and take advantage of those who were poor, new to faith, not Jewish, or all of the above.

Jesus saw this and immediately re-directed the conversation to heaven with righteous anger. His mind was simply on a different level than those present. Even when the people there question Him as to why He cleansed the temple, their minds are fully set on the earthly context of how long the temple took to build.

Jesus wasn’t talking about a physical building, though. He is talking about his pending sacrifice and resurrection, yet all they can think about is the man-hours it takes to create something with human hands.

This is us.

God has such incredible plans and is full of eternal love for us. Yet, we’re mostly concerned about the man-hours his plans require. Let’s clear up a misconception: Our work isn’t our own.

We exist and work for His glory. He created and redeemed us, so surely he can overcome the physical obstacle we see with our eyes to further His purpose in our lives!

Kick off your week re-committing yourself to His cause, and trusting Him for His perfect plan.

Blessings! See you tomorrow!

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