Memory Text: “For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice” (James 3:16, ESV).
The Aspen Tree reaches up to 95 feet in height and beautiful in nature. Amidst this beauty, there are roots that trap the nutrients the tree uses to beautify itself. These roots have lots of branches and colonies in the ground that we may and may not be aware of. Just as the roots of the aspen tree our restlessness sometimes has roots and as long as these roots still exist our restlessness will always continue. The only true rest is found in Jesus; it is only when we acknowledge this that we can find a solution to our restlessness. Also, just as we can both be conscious and unconscious about the roots that spread in the ground, there are specific actions that may separate us from God and the rest He has for us both knowingly and unknowingly.
Why does Jesus say in Matthew 10:34-39 about not bringing peace but a sword?
The statement was not opposing the fact that Jesus is the prince of peace as recorded in Isaiah 9:6. Jesus seeks peace for all men and expects that all stay in peace. However, our love for God and His word may at some point stand to be compromised by the relationship we have with others and so if such be the case, we are therefore to break up that relationship and seek God.
What motivated Jesus’ acceptance to die as a substitute for our sins?
Jesus’ acceptance to die on the cross for our sins was motivated by love that had no selfishness. Seeing that He had all the power in the universe He denied all of those things (selfishness) and decided to come down to the form of man to die for our sinfulness.
What is the blueprint of unselfishness?
The blueprint of unselfishness is found in Philippians 2:5-8. It has to do with denying ourselves all selfish pleasures and showing love to those who are in need of that love.
What was the disciples’ ambition in the followership of Christ carnally?
They were after being greatest and being served by Men and on two occasions they have tried to bring up the issue on who should be the greatest.
What was Jesus’ answer to His disciples concerning who should be greatest?
He who desires to be great must be as the younger in contrast to what other benefactors do (Matthew 22:27).
What are the four main characteristics of hypocrites as stated by Jesus in Matthew 23:1-13?
- They do not do what they say
- They themselves do not do the high standards they set for others to do
- They want others to applaud their religious fervor
- They require honor and recognition that belongs only to our heavenly Father
How can we get rid of any form of hypocrisy that may appear in our lives?
Hypocrisy can be gotten rid of through many approaches, but the basic step is to do those standards we make others to do by God’s grace and also apply humility in all our doings knowing that we ourselves are prone to mistakes and only One is good.
What is the key to overcoming restlessness?
The key to overcoming restlessness is by believing in God as the one capable of taking us in the right way out of our restlessness. He is the truth and in Him is a life that knows no restlessness.
Why is the second coming of Jesus such a central, precious and crucial promise for us?
It is the only hope for our restless souls, it is very precious because it is then that we can have a life that is free of all forms of restlessness.
Jesus seeks to uproot every form of restlessness in our lives and He is telling us that He is the way to life, He alone can give us a life without restlessness. Jesus’ second coming is so crucial in the sense that it marks the end to all forms of sin that causes restlessness in our hearts. Jesus calls us to not be troubled, rather believe in God and He will not fail to grant rest for our souls. I pray we acknowledge the fact that true rest comes from Jesus only and we will have no reason to be troubled or restless in Jesus’ name.