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Seeds of the Kingdom

Do and Do

by Sue Griffiths

These people come near me with their mouth and honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.
Isaiah 29:13, NIV

I can remember morning school assembly: the school were to stand up at the entrance of the staff and the headmistress to the platform, sing a hymn, listen to (usually) a Bible reading, then a brief prayer, follow by saying the Lord’s Prayer, all mumble “Amen”, be seated for any announcements, stand for the exit of the staff, walk out in single-file, and then the school day begins.

To be fair, sometimes those assemblies could be good. But I, and most of my peers, were doing what God complains about Israel: “it’s all by rote: Do this, do that! One rule on another – and you don’t even want to obey me!”

This is a real heart cry from God. He says, “I’ve been calling to you and telling you I am a place of rest for the weary. I offer a place of repose. But you won’t have it. That’s why it’s gone pear-shaped for you” (Isaiah 28:11-13).

Jesus offers exactly the same invitation, years later. He says, ‘Come to me all you who are heavy laden and I’ll give you rest’ (Matthew 11:28-30). It’s not all rote and rules. It’s about trusting Him and it’s a way of life walking together. It feels like a deep kind of peacefulness, because we know His presence becoming real to us. And, as we trust Him, He teaches us to walk His way and in His freedom.

Prayer: Thank You, God, that, through Jesus, You’ve made a way for us to get to know You and to love You. Thank You that we can enjoy going Your way. Amen.

Sue Griffiths Sue is married to Richard and they enjoy their grown-up children and grandkids. Currently, she and Richard are hosting Explore A for a second time round at Ellel Grange -and loving it because on this course people’s lives change as they find healing and release in God’s kingdom. Sue loves doing creative things with stitching and fabrics, gardening and cooking. And walking in the big wide open spaces of Northumberland where she lives.

 

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