Week 6 Recap: Days 31-36
Devotion by: Corey Schob
So many of the stories from this week remind me of my parenting journey. My two kids are nine and six. They’re in that tempting stage. You know, the one where they say, “Let’s just see what I can get away with.” My oldest never misses the moment to throw something at his sister or nudge her the right way to get a rise. The youngest will take every opportunity to tattle on her brother. You know, the normal stuff.
In Matthew 11:20, Jesus denounces the towns where he worked so many miracles. He basically said, “I’ve done all this for you, and this is how you repay me? I bet Tyre and Sidon wouldn’t act this way and they are really bad.”
In Luke 7:36-8:3, Simon loses his mind because someone he feels is not good enough is getting Jesus’ attention. Jesus shares the parable about forgiving the two debtors. This parable showed Simon the size or number of sins has nothing to do with the forgiveness that all Christ followers receive through him.
It’s so easy to see these similarities to the way I talk to my kids. “I know it doesn't seem fair son, but I love you and your sister the same,” or, “Your mother and I do so much for you, and this is how you repay us?”
God wants the best for His children the same way we want the best for ours. He doesn’t want us saying, “I’ll be good this time.” He wants our best selves following Him all the time. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus tells us He will carry our burdens and give us rest, but we need to trust in him and obey our Father when He speaks.
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