Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! (Psalms 139:23, 24 ESV)
When the people of God choose to send “the man” up, they choose a way of rules and regulations in order to approach the God of creation!
Being in days of reviewing my life in many ways, like David, asking God to reveal if there is any grievous way in me, or like an other translation says an offensive way, so much is showing up. Putting up the header of this writing, I just need to go to the essence of life and relationships where we exceed the rules and regulations and safely come to a place of trust.
David knew the law, he knew the regulations and still then, he was asking God to search Him, to know his heart to reveal the invisible that is not show by doing the things and serving the law.
When Jesus was answering the young man asking about what’s next, with compassion in His heart He knew that, even doing the rules and regulations part, the guy was only a result of a distance religion, building strongholds, mindsets that would keep him from the beauty of relationship. It says that “He was moved” by observing the obstacles that blocked his way to freedom. There was no way that he could “buy his way in” as he was a man of wealth, used to buy! The only answer Jesus could give Him was the one that made clear that it is better to get rid of those “richness” and go into the “follow Me ” mode. Following, other than your followers of Twitter, is about building trust as you easily follow your GPS. It is about handing over your own trusted decisions and live from a heart to heart relationship meaning, “I do not know but that’s ok!”
As a father it is so easy to go into the rules and regulations part and with it neglect the building in of trust and relationship.
As long as position is honored above discipleship then church leaders will honor the ambitious over the obedient. Gene Wilkes
I love the quote and with it the statement that life has nothing to do with position! Follow me as I follow Christ, the most overlooked and misquoted statement by Paul even used to force people into wrong commitments. It is so great (and difficult) to be provoked by the beauty of trust as Father is releasing a new grace on a wonderful new breed of fatherhood that pushes our trust to the limit!
So my prayer is that in the way of walking trust, there is a pure and righteous motive, so the outcome will be a generation of relationship.