DayBreaks for 6/08/16 – Boldly Presumptuous
From our worship bulletin this past Sunday:
“My dog is boldly presumptuous. She presumes that everyone who comes to our home is there to see her. Whether you’re a friend, solicitor or a delivery or repair person, if you come to our house and ring the doorbell, she’ll run to greet you with yelps and howls, and when we open the door, she’ll rush out and jump up on you. If you visit often, she gets even more excited. She may even bring a toy in her mouth because she’ll assume you want to play with her. Once you’re safely inside and things have calmed down a bit, she’ll sit at your feet expectantly looking up at you, waiting for you to pet or scratch her. If you don’t get the hint, she’ll start nudging your arm with her nose or even scratching at you with her paws in an effort to remind you of the real reason you came to our house in the first place, to see her! If you sit on our den sofa, she’ll jump up next to you. She’s truly bold and presumptuous!
“If you look up “presumptuous” or its root word “presume” in the dictionary, you’ll find definitions like, “expect or assume especially with confidence”; “suppose to be true without proof”; “go beyond what is right or proper”; “over-stepping the due bounds”; or “taking liberties”. You’ll find synonyms like audacity, brashness, chutzpah, immodesty, gall, nerviness, overfamiliarity and temerity, and you’ll find an example sentence like this one: “It’s a little presumptuous of you to assume I’m your new best friend just because I invited you along.”
“The apostle John was boldly presumptuous. He called himself, “the disciple Jesus loved” six times in his own gospel account. John only says that about himself, not about any of the rest of the twelve. He’s boldly proclaiming that he’s “Jesus’ BFF” (best friend forever), his favorite disciple. That’s a pretty presumptuous statement on his part since nowhere in scripture do we have a record of Jesus saying that to John. In fact, the Pharisees correctly said of Jesus, “You are impartial and don’t play favorites” (Mt. 22:16). Just because Jesus spent some extra time alone with Peter, James and John and gave them some special attention, John presumed he was Jesus’ favorite.
“I once read a story about a toddler who was boldly presumptuous. One day, he was walking with his mother through the White House. Suddenly, he broke away from her as toddlers often do, and he ran as fast as his little legs would carry him right past the Secret Service agents and into the Oval Office where he interrupted an important meeting. He then proceeded to run right over and jump up on the President’s lap! The little boy just presumed he’d be welcomed by one of the most important people in the world. He was confident of that because he was the President’s son, John (John-John) Kennedy, Jr.
“The Bible says we can “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16). Just like little John-John, we can rush into the throne room of the most important One in the universe; we can interrupt Him and ask for whatever we need, and we can do this because we’re His children. You are one of God’s favorites because of what Jesus did on your behalf. As His children, we can be confident He loves us and wants to help us, protect us, and do what’s best for us.”
PRAYER: Thak You, King of the universe, for boldly welcoming us with open arms to Your throne room! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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