And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. – Luke 2:17-19 ESV
What do you do when what you have been told by God and what you see, hear and feel with your FLESH as you walk in this world- is incongruent? Meaning what you have been told, is different than what you are seeing, hearing and feeling in the reality of the life you are living? When the WORD of GOD and the REALITY of LIFE, don’t say the same thing- what do you KEEP, HOLD ONTO, CLING TO, KNOW DEEP IN YOUR HEART?
Leader, the BIBLE says; For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21). In the verse identified above different translations say Mary KEPT these things and pondered them in her heart. She remembered these things and thought deeply about them. She was thinking about all this and wondering what it meant. In the Bible when it speaks of our HEART, it is talking about what we focus on, what we think about regularly, what we HOLD ON TO! Then he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. And his mother stored all these things in her heart. (Luke 2:51)
Conduit, the psalmist says GOD KNOWS OUR FRAME! Jesus is Emanuel, GOD WITH US. God walked in our shoes, He lived EMPATHY, so as HE could understand us, know our struggles and have WALKED IN OUR SHOES! He knows that whatever we think about on a regular basis, we believe, we become, we ACT AS IF! Proverbs 23:7 tells us; For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. We live in a world where people are keeping their POUND OF FLESH, keeping a RECORD OF WRONG and it is destroying our families, our communities, our relationships and our country. What we need is forgiveness, mercy and Grace- JESUS! THE TIME IS NOW, to quit condoning our own HATE and condemning others. It is time to quit JUSTIFYING our own hate while we are JUDGING others. The time is now- brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Time to REFOCUS on JESUS and the KINGDOM of GOD and let go of those things that Earth-Dwellers focus on! It’s all about Him!!