Become Like Water

September 25, 2018

Proverbs 2:1-6, 10-13; Luke 8:19-21

 

In most families, membership is determined by blood, marriage or adoption.  But in the family of Jesus, membership is determined by hearing and action!

When people told Jesus that his mother and brothers had arrived to see him, he didn’t not ask that they be escorted to the front of the line.  Instead, he redefined the meaning of family in the reign of God.

Jesus loved his mother and brothers. However, he wanted his disciples and others to think in terms stronger than the legal bonds of marriage or adoption.  He wanted them to think in terms even more profound than blood.  So it is with us.

What matters to Jesus is not ancestry but obedience to God’s will.  This obedience has three essential elements: (1) we listen to God’s word; (2) we submit our wills to God’s will; and (3) we act and live according to God’s will. 

What does that obedience look like?

The author of Proverbs gives us a beautiful image: 

“Like a stream is the king’s heart in the hands of the Lord;

wherever it pleases him, he directs it.”

This image is echoed in a much later reflection by the famed martial arts master Bruce Lee.  In describing his philosophy of life as well as fighting, he said:

            “You must be formless, shapeless, like water.

            When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup.

            When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle.

            When you pour water in a teapot,it becomes the teapot. 

            Water can drip and it can crash.

            Be water, my friend.”

We pray that our hearts may be like water in the hands of God. 

We pray for the grace to think, speak and act as he directs.