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Shake off the Bones that Hold You Back

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from John 3:27, ” John answered, ‘A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven.’ “

Background

There are 206 bones in the human body. Oddly, at birth, there are 270 bones in the human body. Like you, I do not recall losing 64 bones somewhere along the way. But considering the state of some kids’ bedrooms and the piles that accumulate on the floor, I wouldn’t be surprised if you found a few lying around there somewhere. Actually, many small bones fuse together into larger ones along our path to adulthood, explaining the apparent oddity of having fewer bones as we get bigger. And of the 206, some people make certain claims about their skeleton. For example, one might say she doesn’t have a jealous bone in her body. Another might claim on behalf of a sweet, elderly neighbor that there’s not an unkind bone in their body. There also are apparent instances of racist bones, funny bones, violent bones, prejudice bones, lazy bones, and so on and so on. One that I mostly missed out on is the political bone. Little of the public arena stirs me, especially among today’s climate, such that it is. But as lacking as our system may be, we are blessed to not be living under a regime of Communism or Socialism. These ” ism’s, ” similar yet distinct, both promote the distribution of provisions to individuals be done by a centralized government. Based upon their determination of your need, or your productivity, the government would then compensate the individual accordingly. And as imperfect as we might have it in our country, we are light years beyond those who adhere to these political and economic tenets.

Application

As followers of Jesus, one of our freedoms is being released from the binds of materialism. Being a citizen of Heaven changes the ownership and the origination of all that we possess. No longer do we grasp to what we have, nor do we claim credit for what we have attained. Freely we have received, so freely we give. If you are experiencing anxiety over what you think is yours, or might become yours, then maybe the Lord, who owns it all, might have a bone to pick with you.

Charge

As we seek Him today, see every thing and every difficulty and every good turn as a gift from Heaven. Give your bones a good shake, and break off the one that has you clinging to wood, hay and stubble


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AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org

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