Jesus welcomed the people, taught them about the Kingdom of God and healed those in need. Luke 9:11

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 are part of the Associate Ministry Team at Ellel Grange where they are both currently hosting the first Explore B course. Sue loves the freedom of this course and seeing the changes in lives of guests as they go through it. She and Richard have 3 grown up children and grandchildren. Sue loves sewing and stitching, gardening, painting, walking and just being involved with family and the rural community in Northumberland where she lives.


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