CONFESSING THE THINGS THAT COMPETE
Luke 19:41-44 – When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, and surround you and hem you in on every side, and they will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”
No sooner after the King enters Jerusalem on a humble colt is He weeping over the city. Yes, weeping. Jesus, God Himself, knows His heart for His people. For over a thousand years, He’s given His people a vision for who He is and who they are called to be in response. And as Jesus looks over the city, He is heart-broken because His people have sought and savored other gods to satisfy the hole in their hearts. Some believe that hope lies in the power of Rome. Some believe that strength lies in the power of a guerilla insurgency against the Roman forces. Some believe that rescue will come in religious performance and a work-based righteousness. And some have been consumed by decades of apathy. In that moment, as Jesus surveys His beloved people in the beloved city, He grieves over their choice of things that compete with His love and His lordship.
Yesterday, we began with recognizing Jesus as Lord and King of our lives. Even as we confess His lordship, we are aware of the other “lords” in our lives; the other gods who claim our allegiance, the other idols we look to for meaning, purpose and identity. Jesus weeps over our choice to go to them. If we are going to travel the road to the cross-centered life, we must confess the things that compete for our affections and our allegiances.
Questions for Reflection & Prayer
What are the things that compete for Jesus’ love and lordship in your life?
Remember, “idols cannot be removed, they must be replaced” (Tim Keller). How can you replace the idols in your life?
LORD JESUS, today as I travel the road to a cross-centered life, thank You for Your amazing grace that invites me to confess my sin and idols. Lord, know my heart. Help me to see and give up the things in my life that compete for Your lordship. Today, I confess my idols. Free me of their control. Free me to be wholly and completely Yours. Free me to the uncluttered road to a cross-centered life. I want to love You with all of my heart, mind, soul and strength. For Your glory and for my good, I pray this in Your name, Amen.
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