Needing It Every Day
We have a children’s book written by Max Lucado called You Are Special. It’s an allegory (a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning) about these wooden dolls made by the man on the hill, Eli. All day long the wooden dolls put stickers on each other. Stars for approval and grey dots for disapproval. The main character gets a lot of grey dots until he learns he doesn’t HAVE to care what others think of him. If he goes daily to see Eli, He will learn to only care what Eli thinks and the stickers will fall off of him.
So my daughter (9) says, “Mom, I know Eli is supposed to be God and we are supposed to be the wooden doll. But how can I go see God daily?”
It sounds so much more complicated than it actually is.
The place where we know, without a doubt, we can find God is in His word.
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man [or woman] of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:14-17
Why should I go see God every day?
Continue in what you have learned. We can’t assume that once we’ve heard the Gospel we don’t ever need to hear it again. We need it all the time – continually! Because Satan is doing everything He can do to get in our heads and distract us. The world’s ways are not the ways of God, so we can easily get confused about who God is and what His promises are since we are in the world all the time and constantly being bombarded by the world’s messages on Facebook. lol. Ok, and other places too.
Able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. So what are these promises I need to know? That are so contrary to the world? The biggest one is the way of salvation. That salvation comes thru Jesus Christ.
Not through how much self-control I demonstrated today around the oreos or my crabby mother-in-law (not mine of course; that’s just an example. 😉
Salvation does not come through how much money I give to charities or whether I helped the little old lady down the street.
It isn’t assured to me because I forgave my husband or didn’t yell at the kids today.
It comes through Christ and the faith given to me as a called child of God. If I’ve heard the Gospel – ever – then I have been called by the Gospel to recognize God as my Father and Savior. My helper and rescuer. My faithful, merciful God.
But it’s easy to forget this. Which is why we need to come find God over and over.. where He says He will definitely be: His Word.
That the man/woman of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. It isn’t that these works are the key to heaven.
It IS that these works have been prepared for us to do because the love of God in our own lives, overflows into the lives and people around us.
“Works” such as encouraging a friend or making dinner for your family when you’d rather scroll Instagram. “Works” like donating some money to a worthy cause or bringing a meal to a friend who just had a baby. These works are waiting for us and when we’ve been trained and taught in the words and ways of God, we can carry out the good our neighbors need from us.
I should go see God daily.
And at times this has weighed me down and felt like a burden! Can you relate to that?! But we must strive to find ways to overcome that mindset and seek out creative ways to make time for reading or hearing the Scriptures.
The Bible is what keeps us grounded in the faith that saves and the truth that nourishes our daily lives.
It directs us to saving faith in Christ.
And it equips us for all that is in store for us today.
And I definitely need both of those things every day.