Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given.” Matthew 19:11
Every time a leader speaks, there will be many things being said. Out of those words there will be things that people will accept and things people will reject. Some people will accept everything, while others will reject parts of what was said.
The amount accepted comes from determining how much a person knows and trusts the speaker, and how much information the person already knows. Often things are rejected because of past experience or lack of understanding.
Jesus had just told the Pharisees that God was against all divorce. They had a problem with that. Jesus then told them that not everyone can accept that word.
God’s ways are always far above the ways of sinful, selfish man. He sets the perfect standard for every person to live by. When people hear the standards that God has set, many reject them. In the eyes of the world, and many believers, it is difficult to accept.
In the eyes of God, every believer is expected to live a perfect, holy life as God has set. The bible is very clear as to how a person must live his life for God in this fallen world. However, many believers have taken on the mindset of this world and rejected parts of God’s word.
There is a remnant of believers who will accept of all of God’s word, regardless of how difficult it may be. They have the understanding that God is in control and knows what is best for them. These few- will not cherry-pick what they like or don’t like, but will accept it all. All of God’s commands are for every believer, not just some of His commands.
You may see some of God’s commands as tough to understand or to follow. Rather than toss them out, seek God’s Holy Spirit to understand them and the strength to obey them.
God’s love for you is perfect and so He will only ask you to do what is best for you. Instead of rejecting His word, embrace it and live it. Find out how it is the best way to live, regardless of how difficult it may be. God’s word brings life, not death, as does the ways of this world.
Can you accept God’s word to you?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you know God’s word to you; that you will accept and live by God’s word and standards; and that God will give you strength to obey all of His commands.
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matthew 17:5
Hearing someone speak is easy to do. Everywhere a person goes he can hear other people talking. Just because he hears a person talking does not necessarily mean that he understands what it being talked about or that he even cares about what is being said. Most of what people hear goes in one ear and out the other, it is ignored.
While up on mountain with Jesus, some disciples were with Him and a bright cloud covered them. God spoke out of the cloud telling them to emphatically listen to Jesus.
Listening takes hearing to a whole new level. It is much more than just hearing words. It is understanding and following those words. It is carefully paying attention to what is being said and putting into practice what is being said.
Jesus taught many things about how to live life on this earth and how to please God. Many believers have heard these words, but never attempt to put them into practice. Or they do not understand what He said. They are not really listening.
To follow Jesus means that one will leave his past behind and become someone very different. This is not a option, as many think and act like it is. In order to be different, one has to emphatically listen to what Jesus says and then apply it his life. It is no longer about self, but about pleasing God.
Later when Jesus left the earth He sent the Holy Spirit to remind His followers of what He said and to guide them in how to live that way. Every believer still needs to listen to Him.
As a believer, you have probably heard many things that Jesus said, whether by reading it in the Bible or hearing it preached. Do not allow those words to just go in one ear and out the other, but actually emphatically listen to what is being said.
Allow Jesus to change you into a new creation by His word abiding in your heart and life. Take time every day and throughout every day to meditate and think about what Jesus has said.
Are you hearing or listening to Jesus? You need to listen to Him!
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear Jesus speaking into your life; that you will listen to what God is saying; and that you will apply God’s word to your life.
For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, because he is the messenger of the Lord Almighty and people seek instruction from his mouth. Malachi 2:7
Teachers are often the only people expected to have great knowledge to teach to other people. Most people do not want to teach anyone else, although they will readily share their knowledge or insight into some situation.
It is museums that people look to in order to find preserved knowledge. To find information people will just do a Google or YouTube search for it. Getting information from an individual is not as common as it once was.
God says that it is the priest who should hold on to knowledge and pass it on to other people. People should seek the needed knowledge from the priest.
During the Old Testament times, it was the priests who acted as the pastor, doctor, historian and lawyer. The people went to the priest for nearly everything. However, over time that has changed. People look to things and people of the world for their information and direction.
This should not be. Believers, who have God’s Holy Spirit within them, should be on the forefront of knowledge and instruction. Every believer is a priest in God’s house and have been given all authority in heaven and earth by Jesus to lead and teach others.
It is the believer who is to disciple others. He has to preserve the knowledge of God and His word in this world. God’s word guides how to live and act in every situation in life and it is the believer who needs to share this information.
Sadly, many believers have given up this right and do not share God’s word to this world. They hold the information to themselves.
As a believer, God has also given you His Holy Spirit to give you the words to speak. God has given you the ability to preserve His truth in this fallen and dark world. Do not be afraid to share what you know about God and His word to those who need to hear it.
When you are silent, the knowledge will go away. The false information being taught by the world will speak up and lead the people. Truth will be covered up and lies will be spoken.
If or when that happens, God will turn His back upon His people and this world. Be the preserver and teacher of truth today.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s word; that you will share and teach God’s word; and that you will disciple others in what God’s word says.