Sunday, March 27, 2011
For even his own brothers did not believe in him.
There is something to be said about the dangerous reality of this verse. The truth is, Jesus' own brothers did not grasp the miracle of who He was. They ate, slept, played and lived together day in and day out. But eventually, the familiarity of who He was began to set in...and the glory of who He was never birthed in their lives.
I don't know about you, but that's a sobering reality in my life as well. Sometimes the familiarity trumps the glory.
It's easy to live my life and get used to the awe and wonder of who Jesus is. It's easy to take for granted His presence each and every single day, getting so comfortable with that truth that I never take the time to truly soak it in, to truly experience Him.
For me and you, the most dangerous enemy of our passion is familiarity. It's an enemy whose mission is clear: "Take nothing from your victim, cause him only to take everything for granted." It's an enemy that sneaks up on us without making a noise, leaving no hint of it's approach. Leaving no trace that it came, until it has permeated every part of our lives...leaving behind the symptoms of apathy, doubt, and disbelief.
May you never grow so accustomed to your faith that you allow the seeds of familiarity to take root in your heart. May you learn to wake up every morning and recognize His mercies as new. May you be refreshed and reacquainted with His glory this season of Lent.
Lessons Learned by Debra Fileta at 1:06 PM