Fresh Hope – 20th March 2017

There is a common saying that goes ‘cart before the horse’ to suggest something is done back to front. Imagine how difficult it would be for a horse to be pushing a cart? Have you ever tried to ride a bicycle backwards? Unless you’re in a circus, it’s impossible.

This often is a picture of how we are in relation to God. We serve and live to please him, to achieve something? This is back to front, we should serve and obey because of what He has already done for us.

Life conditions us to work for what we get, work hard at school and get good grades. It makes perfect sense but this thinking hinders our walk with God where, thankfully, he treats us better than we deserve.

Jesus helps us in John 13 where he’s about to wash the disciples’ feet.

Jesus  knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.

Here is a great example where Jesus ‘knew’ who he was in God ‘so he’ served. He didn’t serve to obtain who he was, or work it out.

How often do we serve etc because we’re working out who we are, where we’re meant to be, what’s our calling?

Life is a lot easier when we know who we are, not because of our strengths or what we have to offer, but because of his strength and what he has to offer, for us to be children of the living God.

I encourage you today to assess whether your bike’s back to front? Do you get frustrated and easily hurt by people as you try and serve God? It’s a sign we are trying to work towards something instead of from the assurance of knowing who we are, his children.

1 John 3
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

Luke Cartwright

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