the 28/14 challenge: day 6

Seven years ago today I began working at SRC full-time.  That’s right, I began working at SRC on April Fool’s Day.  Pretty crazy, huh?

But it’s been an amazing seven years.  When I first came on staff, SRC had just a little over 200 people in attendance any given weekend.  As the church has continued to grow, so have I.  I’ve grown to love a whole bunch of people I never would have known outside of SRC.  I’ve grown to see that God works in very different ways than I do.  I’ve grown in my desire to minister to others and in the ways God has made me to do so.

I’ve grown.

And I’m not sure about you, but I have found the first six days of the 28/14 challenge to be very good for me.  Even in these six days, I have grown.

Here’s a little bit about what I learned today, on day six of the challenge.

Who is God?

God is someone who has the desire to see His kingdom advance, and the message of His kingdom is a message under attack (Matthew 11:12).

God and God alone is judge (Matthew 11:21-24).

Jesus declares Himself LORD even over the Sabbath.  By doing so He declares that everything in our lives, even our rest, should be in Him (Matthew 12:8).

Jesus speaks on the importance of repentance, criticizing all who refuse to listen to His teaching (Matthew 12:39-45).

These passages show that God/Jesus isn’t the typical soft-spoken person we often make Him out to be.  He’s strongly worded.  Calling people to repentance.  Calling people to actively spread the advance of His kingdom.  When people in His day chose not to do so, He was quick to reprove them and tell them how badly their judgment would be.  His words in these two chapters are not at all mild and meek.  They are strong.  Powerful.  Purposeful.  Yet all were spoken in love.

Who am I?

These chapters say very little about me, personally.  However, it is obvious that the authority Jesus speaks with is godly authority.  And I am someone who ought to listen to His words.

What is God inviting me to do?

There is so much in this passage God is inviting me to do.

God is inviting me to use wisdom so that wisdom may be shown right by its actions (Matthew 11:19).

God is inviting me to regularly show mercy, not simply provide a sacrifice (Matthew 12:7).

God is inviting me to be “good” and not “evil”, and how much of this may be attributed to the words I speak.  As His word says, “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.” (Matthew 12:35-37)

If you haven’t yet done so, take an opportunity to read Matthew 11-12.  What is it God is inviting you to do?

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This is day 6 in a series on the 28/14 Challenge.  I won’t post my thoughts each day of the challenge, but additional posts are provided at the links below.

The 28/14 Challenge: intro

The 28/14 Challenge: day 1 (Matthew 1-2)

The 28/14 Challenge: day 4 (Matthew 7-8)

The 28/14 Challenge: day 6 (Matthew 11-12)

The 28/14 Challenge: day 11 (Matthew 21-22)

 

Questions or comments?  Feel free to let me know in the comment section below.

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