Google+ 11/26/13 Simple..Be Childlike!

Matthew 11:25-28

 

At that time Jesus prayed this prayer:

“O Father, Lord of heaven and earth,

Thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever,

And for revealing them to the childlike.

Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way!

 “My Father has entrusted everything to me.

No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son

And those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."

 

In part eight of our twelve-part devotion series entitled, "Thanks Forever!" we turn to the apostle Matthew for a very special prayer from Jesus.  We often forget that Jesus was thankful to His Father.  His prayer today shows us the depth of His thankfulness.  Jesus tells His Father that He is grateful that many things have not been revealed to the "clever and wise!"  We all know how important children were to Jesus.  He makes reference to the fact that the important things have been revealed, by God, to those that possess childlike qualities. Don't miss the next part of today's Scripture.  Jesus tells all that will listen that God has entrusted everything to Him.  As we all know, no one can come to the Father through anyone but His Son Jesus Christ.  Jesus decides who He will reveal the truth of God to in our every day lives.  Really?  Jesus does that?  Yes, and this fact is very hard to hear.  Those who turn their backs on God and give themselves credit for all that is done, will find themselves unaware of the important truths of God.  Jesus will actually withhold those revelations from them and make sure that those who humble themselves shall be exalted.  Finally, Jesus is ready to take all our burdens away and we can be thankful for this.  Because Jesus is Lord of all, we need not carry any burdens ourselves.  One of the problems I have struggled with in my life is delegation.  We have earthly reasons for this struggle.  Often when we delegate things, they simply don't get done in a timely fashion.  Many times, the quality is simply not there.  This convinces us that we should "hold on" to everything ourselves.  I have discovered a very important fact that I would like to share.  We must seek out those who believe Jesus will guide them through their struggles and burdens.  If we all rely on God and Jesus, the job will get done.  So, the challenge is not how to manage delegation, but rather how to find those brothers and sisters in Christ that will let God guide them through their journey.  This is the single biggest factor in church failure.  One person cannot do it all, but if we delegate to the wrong people, the job never gets done and God is never glorified.  If God is not glorified, blessings will not come.  Let's be like Jesus.  We need to be thankful for the revelations He gives us everyday.  How can we guarantee that God will continue to reveal His will for our lives to us?  "Simple...Be Childlike!"