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These are a few of our SOAP notes from today’s reading. We encourage you to read and journal on your own first, then join us in conversation about what God revealed to YOU today. Click HERE to go directly to the daily reading if you wish.
Which Outfit do I Wear? | Joni Tyner
S~ “but when the king came in to meet the guest, he noticed a man who wasn’t wearing the proper clothes for a wedding. ‘friend’, he asked, ‘how is it that you are here without the wedding clothes?’ But the man had no reply. Then the king said to his aides, ‘Bind his hand and feet and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:11-13 (NLT)
O~ Jesus is telling a parable (made up story) about a king whose son is getting married. He invites many people, but everyone has excuses why they can’t come to the party. Some just ignore and blow off the invitation, others are too busy with work or hobbies. A few are even angry about being invited and actual kill the messengers. So, the king tells decides to invite other “unknown” people. The people who are invited are given specific new clothes to wear to the party, (that was apparently the tradition in those days). This man shows up at the wedding celebration but is wearing his own clothes. He has snubbed the king’s outfit for what he wanted to wear. The king is furious and throws has him thrown out of the party. Jesus ends the parable with saying, “many are called, but few are chosen.”
A~ The parables in the Bible still apply to our modern culture. God invites everyone to have the gift of eternal life—it is the Big Party—an unending celebration of everyone good, beautiful and perfect. HEAVEN. Many people just ignore the invite by being too busy or distracted. Some people are actually angry and make it their agenda to harass (even kill) the messengers. I find this last guy interesting that he accepted the invitation but then wanted to do it his own way–with his own clothes. I see the application that I need to be on constant guard of not letting my own agenda take priority over the assignments God has placed in front of me. I desire to be clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. I know this “outfit” only shows up in my wardrobe when I submit to the Holy Spirit. I know me–I don’t always feel like being nice, especially when someone who annoys me! And– I can also embrace forgiveness when I am allowing God to be in the driver seat of my life. (see Colossians 3:12-14)
P~ Dear Lord, Please help me allow You to guide my actions and be in control of my life. Infuse my bone marrow with Your Spirit so that I can love people like You do.
Here’s a fun video from Toby Mac that I like. It’s a fun, hop-hop take on submitting to the Holy Spirit and allowing Jesus to take the wheel. (sorry, couldn’t resist, had to quote Carrie Underwood!! 🙂 )
p.s I first heard it at the YMCA Zumba. 🙂 — love that class and the energy it creates in me–come join me some time– You’ll be blessed!!
Faith of a Child | Luisa Penaherrera
S~ “Yes,” Jesus replied, “Haven’t you ever read the Scriptures? For they say, ‘You have taught children and infants to give you praise.’” Matthew 21:16 (NLT)
O & A~ Children and infants recognize who you are and praise you. My heart needs to come back to the faith of a child.
P~ Father, thank you for loving us, taking care of us. Please give us wisdom and guidance.
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