Putting God's Word into Practice…

Mark 9:30-50 Peace

on February 28, 2012

This blog is two days coming.  Yesterday I read the passage several times and couldn’t discern what God was teaching about Himself or for my life.  Today I read it several times again.  There are 3 random thoughts that I gleaned from these verses.

  1. Vs. 37. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but Him who sent me.”  How did I receive my children?  I received them in humility knowing I was unqualified to be entrusted with such a precious gift.  I received them with gratitude and joy and hope and love.  The same words should describe how we receive Christ.
  2. Vs. 42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.”  I think a lot times when people read this verse, we think of “big sins.”  But the greatest commandments are to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength; and to love others as yourself.  If we are not helping believing children to have this heart, we are causing them to sin.  I can think back to when my son’s were younger and they were playing in their bedroom.  Often I would catch them singing homemade worship songs to Jesus.  They were beautiful–straight from a child’s heart to God.  Maybe in some ways kids outgrow that, but I pray that I haven’t caused them to lose their free spirit of love for their Savior.
  3. Vs. 50b. “Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”  What are the good qualities of salt?  It preserves; it adds flavor; it thaws cold, hard ice.  When I think of the value of salt as it pertains to the human heart, it makes sense that having salt would promote peaceful relationships.  Even the coldest, hardest ice can’t withstand the thawing properties of salt and neither can a cold, hard heart withstand the heart that is filled with that which makes for peace.  A final thought is that salt has to come into contact with that which it is being used. It is poured on meat and rubbed in to preserve it.  It is shaken on food and mixed in to flavor the whole plate/pot.  It is spread on the road surface to be effective in thawing and making a safe environment for others.

Well, this is giving me more food for thought and more opportunity for conviction.  I’m so thankful for God’s Word.  It IS alive and active!!

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