Seeing Your Life Through the lens of the gospel ~ Matthew 11:25-30
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1 For Jesus the key to a personal knowledge of God and relationship with God is not primarily through academic study but through a mind and heart open to learn. Recall moments when you had a sense that your relationship
with God took a significant step forward. What kind of dispositions prepared you for that growth?
2 Jesus was dealing with a society in which people were very conscious of status, dignity and external appearances. He wanted to break down the barriers this created so that all would be aware of their worth and dignity. Perhaps you can recall someone who was not highly thought of in human terms, but who was a light to you?
3 In v.27 Jesus lets us into the secret of his relationship with his Father, one of total trust. This trust freed him from anxiety and worry about himself. As a result he was a person of gentle and humble heart and was able to bring rest to those who were overburdened. Recall people whose trust in God enabled them to be supportive to others who were stressed or burdened. Perhaps you have experienced this yourself?
4 Jesus sympathetically offered people support but he combined this with the challenge to take up their yoke. Recall and give thanks for people who were able to combine challenge with sympathetic support and understanding for you. Perhaps you have been able to do this for others at times also.
Published Fri 31st Oct 2014 12:39:53