Monday, August 20, 2018
Mark 10:15-16: [Jesus is saying,] "Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it." And He took in His arms and blessed them, laying His hands on them.
Faith Lutheran School starts its' new school year next Monday. So what better time to dive deep into the the artery of our Vision, "Loving our Children." And what better text for our topic than what Jesus says about His love for children. And for adults. It's all about the:
State of Faith:
Jesus uses the phrase, "like a child." A child believes and trusts. A child, even though the child is rebellious many times, does trust and believe. The child will push the envelope and patience of the parents. Yet the child also believes and trusts that his/her parents will always be there.
Here Jesus is saying to the adults, some who were prohibiting the children to come to Jesus, "If you want to be in my Kingdom, you will need to trust me like your child trusts you. Believe in me and you will enter my Kingdom."
Where is the state of your faith? Is it, "Just the facts, ma'am." When you begin to think about that, then it's no faith at all. There is no trust. It's all about what you can do, see, touch, taste, smell, and hear.
On the other side of the coin, faith trusts, faith receives, faith realizes that it is about the work of Jesus and not about me. Faith goes beyond the sight, the sounds, the smells, and the works. The state of your faith is believing in what Jesus did, trusting in His promises, and relying on God that He does, and will do, what He says.
And then, you're in the kingdom.
Are you ready to put your faith in the hands of the man from Galilee? Let's do it.
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.