Taking God at His Word
"And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah that was to come." Matthew 11:14
It can be difficult to approach Jesus and follow him without any kind of selfish expectation of him. When Jesus and his disciples told those around them that the Kingdom of Heaven had arrived on Earth, many people criticised and rejected the claim. The Jewish people, when interpreting the Scriptures, imagined the coming Messiah as an unstoppable 'Lion of the tribe of Judah,' who would in an instant put an end to the suffering of the people of Isreal and deliver them to a new magnificent city. Jesus indeed is this Lion, and he did deliver his kingdom to Earth. He brought it in seed form, leaving the task of its growth to his disciples. Unfortunatly, some of those who heard this from Jesus were left with an unmet expectation of him and turned away, unwilling to conform themselves to his commission.
It is of the upmost importance for us as disciples of Christ, to live the way God wants us to live. Although we may not sometimes see it, our Father knows what is best for us. It can be tempting to us as sinful people to twist the words of Scripture in order to accommodate our own selfish agenda. But Jesus has no interest in adjusting his course to conform to our own expectations of Him. In other words, it's His way or no way! Jesus has brought forth His Kingdom to Earth and invites us to join him in it, 'if' we are willing to accept Him.
Lord Jesus, you are in control. My life does not belong to me. It is only by the Grace of my Father that I have a mind to consider eternity, and by your sacrifice is my soul offered refuge in your Kingdom. I trust in your promises and know that you are God, who takes away the sins of the world. Thank you for saving me. I will follow you down the narrow path, and will not, through hardness of heart, attempt to forge my own way. Equip my heart with your Holy Spirit and shed light on your path so that it will be made clear to me how to live and where to follow you. In Your name I pray, Amen.