When He cuts like a knife!



THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 12:1-12
“They knew he had spoken the parable against them.” (Mark 12:12)
When God speaks, it cuts into our hearts (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12).
He is graciously exposing and challenging and healing us, even if it hurts.
Jesus is the Voice (Word) of God, and what He says cuts deep, like a surgeons scalpel.
The point of this story is a challenge, exposing their sinful, selfish hearts.
Often when God speaks, it touches something deep inside of us… but how do we respond?
The best way to respond is with an open, humble heart, willing to learn and change.
But too often our natural response is a closed, defensive heart.
We look for ways to evade the message, the conviction: we shift the focus, we make excuses.
We justify the behaviour, we ridicule the speaker, we ignore the feelings, we blame others.
I guess it makes sense, if someone is coming at us with a knife, we would resist it…
Unless that knife is a surgeon’s scalpel, and the blade is taking out a deadly cancer.
My purpose in reading the bible daily is to allow the Spirit to cut into my heart.
What is the Lord saying to me, how is He challenging me, where is He exposing sin in me?
As a Jesus follower, I should welcome this, because I know it is for my healing and freedom.
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
PRAYER
Lord, I often feel that You are speaking about me. And I often resist the spiritual knife, because it hurts. Help me to see that the pain is nothing compared to the thing You are trying to expose and cut out of me.

Comments 1

  1. tdk wrote:

    Working the vineyard – everything was supplied but the tenants were not satisfied. God gave them many chances to come His Way but the stubborn tenants went their own selfish way. Working in His garden requires submission to His will. He enables us to do the work with His gifts. All our work must be for the King or we labour in vain. Each day anew we work in His garden with the joy of the Lord our God Who is our strength and song.

    The Lord is my strength and my song.
    He’s become my salvation.
    The Lord is my strength and my song.
    He’s become my salvation.
    The Lord is my strength and my song.
    He’s become my salvation.
    The Lord is my strength and my song.
    He’s become my salvation.

    He is my God, and I will praise Him.
    My father’s God, and I’ll exalt Him.
    He is my God, and I will praise Him.
    My father’s God, and I’ll exalt Him.

    Posted 26 Jul 2017 at 6:48 am

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