[But they have not all obeyed the gospel]
Not long ago I wrote a piece called The House that God is Rebuilding, its theme being, that no matter how small the beginnings, God loves to see the work begin. It’s focus was on how we’d have to go through some renovations in the process of becoming what God wants.
Becoming children does require some housework. We must do our chores. There are always things in our closets that need to be tossed out to make room for Jesus.
If we aren’t open to listening and obeying, however, we won’t be open to change. Instead, we’ll stubbornly remain who we are. This rebelliousness won’t work.
Change is mandatory. We can’t do this on our own either; it takes the power of God. This is why we must be willing to take His hand; His instruction; His correction; and His help.
“And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” — Matthew 18:3
The journey requires faith like a child, and we will indeed be tested. The heart and mind are of top priority to God because the testing of our faith produces the character that He desires to see flourish in us.
To become that well behaved child that God wants, we may go through some valleys that can feel as if He has abandoned us. Know that He hasn’t!
He will never abandon us, not in the valley, nor in the desert or the wilderness. Even in these dark places He’s still working–watching over us to make sure that His words come true. (Jeremiah 1:12)
Though these trials may be a challenge to go through, all of our hills and valleys contribute to our progress. Fighting God’s will can delay and even halt that progress for a time, and some “Pilgrims” even turn back on their journey, but we do not belong to those who shrink back, and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved. (Hebrews 10:39). For clarification, to shrink back means to turn away from God.
He Will Help Us
We can rest assured, however, that God will take care of all of our needs through even this humbling and testing, as He did for the Israelites on their exodus from Egypt.
We do have an advantage that they didn’t have: a greater knowledge and a deeper understanding of what to expect along the way. We have confidence in what we hope for will actually happen! This is faith!
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” –Hebrews 11:1
Becoming children is a process. This is a journey that we’re on. We can be a very stubborn and unruly bunch just as the Israelites were, so humbling, like anything else, comes with time and following Jesus’ Who is our humble example.
To those who refuse to humble themselves, Jesus says this: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)
This is what it means to humble ourselves before God: we must turn away from who we are, or who we’ve become, and instead commit our lives to doing what pleases God. This can be a painful process.
We’re Never Without A Map and Guide
Thankfully, faith has already been mapped out for us, so as long as we keep the map open before us and communicate with our Guide we will never truly be lost.
God always goes with us and before us, supplying everything we’ll ever need along the way. He will help us when we stumble, so that we won’t fall, for He steadies us with His own hand. (Psalm 37:24-26 )
The Necessity of Humbling
Disobedience is a sad mistake, not only for ourselves, but also for those who still need to hear about Jesus. Why? Because more workers need to be sent. Not all who should be becoming children are obeying the gospel. We must walk as Jesus walked.
Feeling lost and in need of being found? In Greek “X” stands for Chi. This is the first letter of the word Χριστός, which in English is the word Christ. Therefore, “X” always marks the spot. It’s Jesus who should be the treasure at the heart of every home. ❤
“Jesus is the stone you builders rejected, and Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men for which we must be saved. –Acts 4:12
“For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” But how are they to call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what He has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” –Romans 10:13-17
“My hand made all these things, and so they all came into being. This is the Lord’s declaration. I will look favorably on this kind of person: one who is humble, submissive in spirit, and trembles at My word.” –Isaiah 66:2
“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.” –Proverbs 11:2
“The LORD mocks the mockers but is gracious to the humble”–Proverbs 3:34