My 3-year-old, Billy Wayde and 10-year-old, Asa, are best friends, even though they have only known each other for seven months.
Their kind of attachment brings many "taking it out on each other moments." After being disciplined due to one of these oh-so-precious moments, he said, "I think I need to go pray."
As he wiggled his way into the chair that I tossed in his closet due to lack of space, I was in awe. He was sitting in his father's rocking chair, praying to his Father for love, patience, and forgiveness.
Though it was hard to leave him, I snapped a pic and walked out, leaving it between he and God. I've always said that I would never invade the private conversations my children and husband have with their Creator.
But, it did make me stop and think. Why did he go to the chair in his closed closet? I told the story to my mom and she said, "Hasn't he seen you in your closet?" Tears fell down my face as I thought, "Yes, but not enough."
As the close of Christmas 2017 approaches it makes me think - what are my children seeing from their Mama? Are they seeing me wrapped up in lights, presents, and tradition? Or are they seeing me wrapped up in Jesus? Do they see a servant like Jesus or one seeking more stuff for their castle?
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” -Mark 10:45
Addressing Moralistic Therapeutic Deism (See video at bottom)
On the surface it seems like God might simply want “good behavior” from His creation, doesn’t it? After all, in the creation story He gives Adam and Eve free reign over everything and only gives them one order: to not eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Seems simple enough, right? Maybe not.
That is when I was reminded of Adam and Eve. Had Eve made a different decision perhaps I wouldn’t be struggling with so much sickness and pain right now. After all, one of the repercussions of their actions was that women would have great pain in childbearing.
I thought, “What if I was Eve? Would I have ‘behaved?’” The answer is no. I would have made the same decision as Eve and Tate would have been right beside me, silent, just like Adam.
Referencing Satan, Isaiah 14 says, “How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the Earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the most High.’ But you are brought down to the grave, to the pets of the pit” (v. 12-15).
Talk about a bolt of lightening striking the night sky. That is how I feel when reading this scripture. More often than not, I intentionally or unintentionally attempt to ‘make myself like the most High.’ If we are honest with ourselves, we all know we would have made the same destructive decision as Adam and Eve. In fact, we all do it, probably multiple times a day.
We know this through the work of Jesus Christ. Scripture tells us that He was the only perfect person to walk the Earth (see 1 Peter 2:22, 2 Corinthians 5:21). Even Pilate, who condemned Him, said to the people demanding he be sentenced to death, “I am bringing Him out to you so that you may know that I find no guilt in Him” (John 19:4).
Rather than focusing on redemption, America’s newfound religious movement, MTD, teaches that being “moral” and “happy” can be obtained apart from God. (See this video for examples.) Rather than being good in and of our own self-control and behavior modification techniques, we can only gain righteousness when we admit that 1) we don’t have the ability to do it ourselves, 2) Jesus Christ is the only one who has the ability to do it for us, and 3) His perfect life, death, and resurrection cleanses our bad and replaces it with His purity, allowing us to be resurrected with Him after death.
Don’t let the subtle, inciting schemes of Satan blindly lead you to the desert. #reDISCOVERtruth #RaisingDefenders #BeautyofTruth #MTD
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Victoria is a wife, mom, ambassador of Jesus, and a lover of all things that involve learning.