Receiving

Today my 4 year old daughter had a bag of chips she was spinning around. We don’t normally give her bags of chips to frollick around the house with. On this occasion she was just playing with the bag. Apparently, she decided to redecorate. Potatoe themed. I was playing with my son and my wife was playing online when my daughter was doing this. Hence we failed to witness the end results of her potatoe liberation. I let my son go crawl away to explore as babies do. And we just kind of went about our day. I got up to get something and then I saw him. There was my 11 month old chummy baby boy the happiest a human could possibly be. He was sitting in the midst of a mess of chips. He was literally saying Nom Nom as he devoured his own personal mountain of chunchiness. Him and his sister were in cahoots. The pure delight in his face was enough to make me laugh. 

Today I read Romans 10:17

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Romans 10:17 ESV

http://bible.com/59/rom.10.17.ESV

We have to open up pathways to receive from God, including direction and guidance not just provision. If you refer to the beginning of that same chapter Paul describes a Jewish people that didn’t have room for the gospel in their lives. 

For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.

Romans 10:3 ESV

http://bible.com/59/rom.10.3.ESV

They were seeking their own righteousness. They were filling their lives up with their own pursuits that they didn’t have the ability to receive what God had for them. Instead, God gave the most amazing gift to the nations. He gave this hope to people who weren’t even seeking righteousness or God. They had room to receive. My daughter had eaten before playing with the bag so even though she enjoyed snacking on a few chips they weren’t fully appreciated. But my son well he never met a chip he didn’t like and boy did he have room to receive. Faith comes from hearing the word of God. Make space in your day to hear. The Christian life isn’t about the  destination. We make it a lot about heaven, but God wants heaven to invade earth. He wants a relationship now. Abundant life is for today not for after we are dead. Make room for the word so you can be as content as a fat baby on a mountain of chips.

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