Don't Be A Goldilocks!

When you hear someone speak or teach, do you consider who they are or just what they say? There can be merit in both approaches. Sometimes it is good to receive a message or an understanding from anyone – the content is critical. At other times it is important to consider the source … Are You Like Goldilocks? Do they know what they are talking about? Do they know how to do what they are teaching? Do they have experience in this area, or is their understanding based solely upon what they have read or heard?

When you really want to make changes or take new steps in life, you usually want to hear from those who have made the change and have walked in the direction you want to go. Their words carry weight.
But, what if their words seem difficult or require more change than you want to make – will you still listen?

Most people I know are like “Goldilocks;” they continue to search for insight until they find instruction that seems to feel just right. In certain circumstances, this is a valuable strategy, but it is not the way we are to approach God.

When we come before the Sovereign God, we must take our rightful place of utter submission to His will and His ways. He is God … we sooooo are not. When we consider Jesus, we call Him Savior and Lord. Savior – because His death and resurrection speak of a complete and finished payment for our sins, saving us from their eternal consequences. Lord – because all authority has been given to Him. (Matthew 28:18) He submitted to the Father to the point of death on a cross. This became His victory - as attested to by His resurrection. In His humanity, Jesus earned (through submissive obedience) the position of authority over all things in heaven and on earth – in accordance with the will of the Father.

We must soberly relate to Jesus. He said, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46) When relating to Jesus we must take His message and His person very seriously. He is – in fact – Lord of all. His words are to be received, believed and obeyed (just as His Father’s). This is only appropriate because it is true. It is not a matter of good etiquette; it is bedrock truth.

When Moses was giving his last instructions to Israel, he said, “These are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.” (Deuteronomy 32:47) If that was true of Moses, how much more of Jesus’ words!

Are you aware of anything that Jesus has been highlighting, clarifying or asking of you lately? May you relate to Him as He is - Lord and Master. This may be a good time to plan your steps of obedience.

~ Coach Tom


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