Entering Into Life

“Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life.'”  Matthew 19:16
“So He said to him, “‘ . . .if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.'”  Matthew 19:17
“The young man said to Him, ‘All these things I have kept from my youth.  What do I still lack?'”  Matthew 19:21
“Jesus said to him, ‘. . .come, follow Me.'”  Matthew 19:21

Although not rich like the young ruler that came to Jesus, I knew I was lacking something.  And what I was living didn’t seem like life.

Thank You, Jesus, for being all I lack and filling me  with life. Here’s a simple poem . . .

In Order To Live

When we come
from the womb
we enter into
this world.
When we come
and follow Jesus
we enter into
life.

The Fumble . . .

“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Cut two tablets of stone  like the first ones, and I will write on these tablets the words that were on the first tablets which you broke.'”  Exodus 34:1

I had totally forgot this . . .Moses dropped the original ten commandments.  Not just dropped, but threw them down in anger when he saw the people worshiping the golden calf.  Like a priceless heirloom, I’d think they couldn’t be replaced.  But  God in His unlimited graciousness says, “Come . . .I’ll write again.”

Lord, forgive me for when I drop what You have told me and given me.  Thank You for writing it again and again on my heart. Here’s a simple poem . . .

His Living Heirloom

I’ve been given something so important
of unimaginable worth
more priceless than all the heirlooms
that can be found upon this earth

and if I do drop it
and forget to pick it up
it lays unbroken, calling
“come drink again this cup.”

In His Presence

“Now the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near. . .”  Exodus 20:21

As God gave the ten commandments, the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking. (Exodus 20:18)  They were more than a little scared.

Thank You, Father, for the salvation You have wrought for us through Jesus Christ Your Son, so that we can all come near to you . . .and live.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Familiar Fears

I come so easily
so continually to You
asking for Your help
trusting You’ll see me through.

May I not grow so familiar
that I lose my awe and fear
of just how great is the One
who calls me to be near.

The First Commandment

“You shall have no other gods before me.”  Exodus 20:3

The one thing that needs to be established on the first day of school is who the teacher is.  Their name is on the chalk board.  They are standing in front of us.  They talk, we listen.  They hold the keys to what we need to know.

Thank You, Lord, for making it clear that You and You alone are God, the only one we need to worship. Here’s a simple poem . . .

Lesson #1

I wake each morning in the wilderness
to find my fire has burned low . . .
how do You teach someone like me
what I need to know
not only to survive
but to multiply and grow?
You show me how to worship
You and You alone.

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