Over the last few weeks we’ve been talking a lot about journaling and regular bible reading at Ephesus. Today, I wanted to share my journal entry from this morning. I thought it would be cool to expound a little more on the concept of journaling by giving a peek to what I’m seeing God’s Word each day.
TITLE: Laws vs. Gifts
SCRIPTURE: Mark 2.27
OBSERVATION: Jesus is declaring the concept of Sabbath as a gift from God, not a legalistic requirement. Often we twist God’s gifts into rules and legal requirements. In that, they lose their beauty and “luster.” We have a mental block that goes up when something goes from being a gift to a requirement. We do the same thing with God’s Word. It’s a gift to us and instead we often view the bible as a kind of required summer reading that we try at all costs to avoid and put off until the last possible moment. Or we get the Cliff Notes, or bum answers from a friend. Too often we don’t explore it for ourselves.
APPLICATION: I want to start recognizing God’s gifts to us as opposed to seeing legal requirements. That’s a pat to spiritual deadness. The Jesus I follow loves us and has good gifts to give, if I will accept.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to see the gifts you give and not get hung up on apparent legal requirements. Jesus battled daily with legalism and won, help to walk in that victory.