Saturday, November 2, 2013

Why do you ask?

I love to learn...but when learning is a source of pride, it is as damaging as any other idol.  The Pharisees and Sadducees asked Jesus questions to establish their own positions.  They masqueraded as learners when all they wanted was to be seen as 'right.'  Asking questions is key to learning.  What we do with the answer reveals our motivation for asking, though. 

I read once that we are not called to make converts to our opinions; rather, we are called to make disciples.  Scripture is clear on right and wrong, but it is not a list of laws to debate or prove 'rightness.'  The sneaky sin of pride wiggles its way into everything.  God is the giver of wisdom and knowledge; what He gives, He intends we will lovingly, generously share. 

We won't dress ourselves in the gifts God has given so others can admire their beauty as if it were ourselves.  We will offer all we have and are to others for them to handle, to enjoy and add to. None of us is the sole keeper of divine knowledge.  When we think we know something fully, we know it not at all, God says.  We must live out what we receive with humility and allow others to do the same.  We each are but miniscule  receptacles for the Sovereign Lord.  Only together can we enjoy the fullness of God, the depths of His love!

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