Day 13, January 13, 2021
Scriptures: Genesis 26-27, Matthew 7
The wise man builds his house on the rock.
A good tree bears good fruit.
The shrewdness of Jacob, stealing the blessing from his brother Esau, runs contradictory to Matthew 7.
In the blindness of Isaac, he couldn’t see the true identity of his son. He blesses Jacob, believing him to be Esau.
Jesus’ rebuke on our righteous attempts at trickery, are plainly clear. You can put on the charade, but for some, he will say, “I never knew you.”
It’s honestly a frightening text. It can strike fear into our hearts that we haven’t done enough, that we haven’t convinced God that we are with Him and on His side. We want God to feel our arms, smell us, and know that we are who we say we are, one of His beloved children.
I don’t have a simple answer to assuage our guilt from this text or the fears over our self-awareness of our sin and brokenness.
What we have though, is the whole breadth of a sermon that calls us to prayer, generosity and love. It’s a call to keep the commands of God, to love God and others.
I can choose to live in the fear of being one who says, “Lord, Lord” and He not knowing who I am. Or, I can rest and work and love, knowing full well that I am following the teaching of Jesus. I am draped in the goodness of Jesus and I can share that goodness with others. I love Him and He loves me.
He knows me, and I know Him.
If I’m seeking the Kingdom, I know this to be true.
Bear the fruit of a life with God, today!