DayBreaks for 7/27/18: Our Deadly Commonsense
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From the DayBreaks archive, July 2008:
From Don Everts’ God In the Flesh: “We call you, Lord, Lord’ and do not do what you tell us because you tell us to do such strange things.
“Consider a few of his teachings there in Luke 6: the poor are lucky. The rich are unfortunate. Congratulations to those who mourn today. Give to everyone who begs from you. Bless those who curse you. Do for others what you would want them to do for you…And that’s just a sampling.
“Why do we not do what Jesus tells us? Because (when we’re perfectly honest) our common sense makes more sense to us than the words of Jesus. His teachings may be well intentioned and inspirational, but it doesn’t seem like they would really hold in everyday life.
“Blessed are you who are poor” sounds sort of nice and spiritual, but when it comes right down to it, it’s really the rich whom we think are lucky. ‘Give to everyone who begs from you’ is inspirational talk, but it’s overly simplistic and doesn’t really work on the streets of our broken cities. ‘Do to others as you would have them do to you’ is admirable sounding, but when I’m really honest about what I want done to me (lots of gifts, surprise parties, regular encouragement, care about my needs, a ready ear to listen to me), I realize what an impossibly high standard of love this is.
“Why do we call you ‘Lord, Lord’ but not do what you tell us to do? Because when we’re really honest, we have to admit that you sound genuine, but what you tells us to do is just undoable. It will destroy our lives. It’s not good advice, Jesus.”
Galen’s Thoughts: We must ultimately decide whether we will put more trust in our own common sense, or in the words of Jesus. Why is it that we think we’re smarter and know better than He does? How long will we call him, “Lord, Lord” and not do what He says?
PRAYER: In our pride, Lord, we trust our own common sense and not Your words. Help us to understand that we can’t call you Lord, and not do what you say. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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