Monday meditations John 2.24-25: entrusting yourself

“But Jesus, for his part, was not entrusting himself to them, because he knew all people, and because he did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for he himself knew what was in man.” John 2.24-25

There are some differences between Jesus and the rest of us. He knew the people he was dealing with fully, knew who to trust (fishermen and tax collectors); knew who not to trust (religious people). Not because they were fishermen or religious people, but because of what was in their hearts. We can’t know what’s in people’s hearts much of the time.
Despite this limitation, there are some important lessons for us here, attitudes Jesus had that we should emulate:
1. Cautious of who we entrust ourselves to, the default stance being don’t, then make exceptions as the Spirit leads (who does know all hearts)
2. Not needing the testimony/approval/affirmation of others, Jesus’ testimony of himself was enough, as is HIS testimony of us (not our own)

In short, we take the same approach as Jesus and put our trust in the same place he did. Jesus trusted himself; we trust him too. Spend some time reflecting on what it means to entrust yourself to others, why you need to be careful with this, and the difference it would make in your life and ministry if the only approval you need/want/accept comes from Jesus. I think some of us will find it frees us to do truly great things for the kingdom. I think some of us will find it sours us to the taste of our own Kool-Aid we’ve been too happily chugging down at the encouragement of others. I think some of us will find it does both.

Preserving the margins – leaving space for God and others

Mark Van Valin, pastor of Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church, recently preached a sermon about preserving the margins (as in not harvesting crops all the way to edge in Leviticus) – leaving space in your life so you can keep the two commands Jesus left for all of his followers: love the Lord with all your being, and love your neighbor as yourself. Keeping these commands is only possible when we leave space to do so, as Pastor Mark explains so well. I highly recommend listening to his sermon. It will do you good.