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Today’s 333 Devotional: “‘God in a Box’ Christianity”
When we come to Jesus, we do so with our prejudices and expectations of life, along with God, firmly in place. And then we expect God to do a work based upon these same prejudices and expectations, or shall I say, assumptions.
In a way, what we have done is placed God in a box of our own making, and even of our own choosing.
But God is so beyond our prejudices and expectations, and He is also well outside the small little boxes we try to fit Him into.
The Lord said, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways … For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so re My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Take a look at how others tried to put Jesus in their box.
Lepers were to be avoided and never touched. But Jesus went to them, touched, and healed them.
Women were not allowed to learn and be discipled. But Jesus allowed women to be a part of His group and to be discipled.
Samaritans were enemies, hated, and unclean. But Jesus purposed to go to Samaria to minister. He even made one of them the hero of His parable known as “The Good Samaritan.”
“Good” Jews were to avoid being contaminated by being around or coming in touch with the ungodly. But Jesus not only hung around the ungodly, but ate with them, and even allowed them to be a part of His group.
Therefore, the moral of this teaching is of our need to stop trying to fit God into our expectations and prejudices. Let’s stop trying to put God into our neat little Christianity box, and instead, let God be God.
Let’s take to heart the part of the prayer Jesus taught His disciples where he said, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)
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