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A Gospel-sized Box

This past Sunday, in looking at the episode of Jesus feeding the masses (likely 10,000-20,000 people) in John 6, I shared how it revealed the need for the disciples to “think outside the box”.  I defined the box as one’s understanding of the world—one’s worldview.  Your box is the framework within which you live your life--what you truly believe, your perspective on life that shapes everything else about you.  The disciples (particularly Philip and Andrew) revealed “boxes” that were too small to hold the idea of Jesus as the second person of the Trinity (even though they heard him proclaim this earlier) and that impacted their understanding of the resources available to them and their response to the problem facing them.

 We constantly face the challenge of letting our surrounding culture—it’s values and assumptions-- determine the size and shape of our boxes.  As you spend time reflecting on your box and the assumptions and beliefs that are revealed by the size of your box, I encourage you to wrestle with the following questions:

 Is your box big enough to hold the following truths?

  • Blessed are the poor in spirit ((Matthew 5:3)
  • Blessed are the meek (Matthew 5:5)
  • Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matthew 5:6)
  • Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you (Matthew 5:11)
  • Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44)
  • You find your life by losing it (Matthew 10:39)
  • The first shall be last and the last shall be first (Matthew 19:30)
  • The greatest among us is the servant of all (Matthew 23:11; Mark 9:35)
  • It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35)
  • When we are weak we are strong (2 Corinthians 12:9)
  • Count others more significant than yourself (Philippians 2:3)
  • You become free when you become a slave of Christ (Romans 6:18)

If these aren’t in your box, why not?  How would your life change if your box was big enough to include these? Does that prospect scare you or delight you? And finally, what keeps you from trusting God enough to have your box fit these truths?

 I’d be curious to know if there are other truths from Scripture that I didn’t list above that you find challenging to include in your box.

 For Christ and His Kingdom,

 Rich

Colossians 1:28-29