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God created life to be a loving joyful relationship (dance) with him. The battle is the pressure and consequences of leaving the dance with God. The stories of Jesus' teaching and healing showed that he had authority and power. He is the rest that we are looking for in life, inviting us back into a relationship (dance) with God.
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Jesus, you are the Savior, the Son of God, the King. You open God's abundant kingdom to me today. Help me be good soil to receive it. Your kingdom will do good things as I let it. Your kingdom is more than enough. Jesus I trust you as my teacher and guide and will let you change me, even when I feel threatened. You can. You are a blessing. You are my King.
What is God showing me about my heart response to Jesus? Is it crowded? Am I shallow holding back the depth of myself? Am I hard and un-receptive? Am I receptive, good soil? Confess what God shows you and ask him to change your heart. In choices you experience today ask God what he wants and do it.
Reflection 2: Kingdom produces fruit if we will let it
Becoming good soil means letting God have his way and not taking over control, just like a seed grow and we don't know how. What are ways that you try to take control of situations in life, pushing God out? Reflect and thank God for what He is doing in your life.
Make a list of the tasks and concerns that confront you. Does it seem that God's kingdom resources are enough to help you engage, accomplish, or set these things down? Jesus reminds us the smallest seeds become the biggest plants (like a mustard or redwood seed). Confess, 'God you are more than enough for everything in my day and my life.' Put this in a place where you will see and repeat it often.
Jesus has given three illustrations that his kingdom is able and abundant, but we must be willing to receive and adjust to it. How did Jesus' childhood town and Herod respond to Jesus? Why? Ask God to show you areas in your life where you don't take Jesus seriously, or where he seems to be a threat to how you want to live life. Confess these to Him.