[Calvary Chapel] 2016-01-14 - Give and Take

Originally Published 1998-02-14

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Matt 11:28-30 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,

I'm going to do something a little different that I've done a few times before.

Matt 11:25-30 At that time Jesus answered and said, "I praise Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that Thou didst hide these things from the wise and intelligent and didst reveal them to babes. 26 "Yes, Father, for thus it was well-pleasing in Thy sight. 27 "All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son, except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father, except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. 28 "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 "Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. 30 "For My yoke is easy, and My load is light."

Except from the song Hold Me Jesus

Surrender don't come natural to me
  I'd rather fight You for something I don't really want
  Than take what You give that I need
And I've beat my head against so many walls
  And I'm falling down, I'm falling on my knees

The bridge from Rich Mullins', Hold Me Jesus © 1993 Class Reunion Music (ASCAP)
  from the Songs album © 1996 (701 0116 743 60234 16205 2) Producer: Don Donahue
  Reunion Records a division of Arista Records, Inc.

Oh those walls. The spiritual concrete, brick and steel I bang my head against. It is wonderful to know that someone I admire as much as Rich Mullins struggled with this too. Somehow it meant that I was not alone and it made it a little less threatening to me. Not that I would wish a struggle on a brother or sister in Christ, but none of us is perfect. We all struggle. If you think you are alone in that, I'm here to tell you to move over so I can sit down too.

Why is it, when God wants nothing less than to open the gates of Heaven and rain blessings down on us, we resist? It may not be what we expect, or even what we think we need. In the infinite wisdom of the Almighty Creator of the Universe, I would expect He knows what is best for us. He promises us that the load He gives will be light. And yet we reach for something else sure that that thing is what we need even when God has said, "Here you go Mike, look what I have for you."

Learning to rest in the wisdom of God and in dependence on His resources is an ongoing process. Resting in His wisdom is not so hard. After you get the message "the stove is hot" and you've touched it a time or two only to pull back a scorched finger, that gets a lot easier. But dependence is such a hard thing for us. We grapple for control of our lives from the time we can cry to get attention. We want to have some control over our destiny. Pretty amazing when we can't see into the next second that we refuse to trust the one who created time itself. He sees the end from the beginning. We live caught in the structure of seconds and minutes struggling and chaffing against them as though we could win.

It is so distasteful for us to yield in dependence, simply taking what Jesus has for us. But He loves us, He came looking for us when we didn't want to even know who He was. He sealed us before time began, waiting for the day we would yield to Him as Savior. Then we begin the process of learning to yield to Him as Lord. It is a life long process. He has given us salvation, peace and grace and mercy beyond measure. These things are just the beginning, but we must take them from Him and begin to walk with Him. As the trip progresses, He will remove some of the old scars and hurts and replace them with the grace to share with others who are in the middle of that same struggle. In the progress He takes away a grievous wound and returns diamonds and gold to share with the spiritually needy in our path. And the process of giving begins all over again.

The pattern is simple. He gives, we take - we grow and overflow into the lives of others.

Lord Jesus, You are so patient with us as we wander all over the place and pick up odds and ends that are not the good things You have in store for us. Even then, You store up those blessings for the day we will finally turn back and reach out for them. When we learn to see the peace in our hearts and the daily grace, we begin to see the riches that are stored up for us that You freely give. Amen.

Grace & Peace,

[email mike] jmhoskins@gmail.com

All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.

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