HERE: Day 21

Matthew 13:47-14:12

Many years ago, I was at a small group Bible study that was meeting in my friends’ home. One young mother began crying and sharing how she and her husband had given birth to children back-to-back and she was overwhelmed with exhaustion and guilt because she was no longer getting to spend any time with the Lord each day. As she was sharing, I could see with my mind’s eye a SILO, and the Spirit spoke to me. I simply became the messenger and shared with her that all the years of her studying the Bible and spending time with the Lord each day, God was pouring truth into her heart and storing it there like a SILO. Jesus was very aware that this day was coming where she would not have the time she once had and so now was the time for her to draw from the SILO of truth that she had poured into all the previous years. She looked at me in shock and said that when she woke up from her nap the day prior, there was a miniature SILO sitting on her dresser.

Jesus was addressing the disciples with parables. Finishing up He says, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.” (Matthew 13:52).

KINGDOM LIVING BRINGS OUT TREASURES OF TRUTH TO HELP ANOTHER

God never intended for us to only be information-gatherers, but truth-speakers and life-changers. His truth was meant to be shared so that others can find Jesus. We store His truth in our hearts so that we can pull from it when need be. Remember Matthew 10:8, “Freely you have received; freely give.” And, the Holy Spirit has been given to us to remind us of these truths when we need them. John 14:26 says, “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

 

BUT BE FOREWARNED: there will be those who are not happy about your freedom to share your treasures.

People will disqualify you because of your past. They will disregard you because of where you came from. They will deny that you have anything of worth to share. Because of this, they will reject you, seek revenge on you, and make rash decisions that effect you.

This is what happened to both Jesus and John the Baptist. And simply because they were pouring out onto others what God had poured into them. SO, what do we do? Do we quit? Do we run and hide in fear? No! God forbid! We recognize it for what it is: the attempt of the enemy to shut us up so the world will not know the love of God. And we press through as the more than conquerors we are! We don’t worry about all that stuff, we trust our King of ALL Kings to be with us.

When you feel disqualified, disregarded, denied, rejected, threatened by revenge, or others making rash and irrational choices that fall out on you, remember that you are in good company. Even though Jesus felt these same things, and was treated these same ways, He continued to pour out from His SILO of truth. And if He continued, we need to, too.

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