4. Mary wanted Jesus to fulfill his destiny her way. Our job is to help our kids open God's 'Sealed Orders' for their lives.
Mary tried to jump-start Jesus’ ministry at the wedding feast in Cana:
"When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, ‘They have no more wine.’ 'Woman,why do you involve me?’ Jesus replied. ‘My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’" (John 2:3-5)
Mary was also eager for Jesus to perform a miracle because people may have accused her of bearing an illegitimate son.
In an especially rancorous exchange the Jews retort to Jesus "We are not illegitimate children...The only Father we have is God himself.” (John 8:41)
“We’re not illegitimate!” The syntax of the assertion puts the emphasis on the “we” and thus implies, “We’re not illegitimate--you are!”
I’m sure Mary thought she was helping Jesus. She wanted to prove Jesus’ power and clear her name.
But Mary’s overprotective nature could have hurt Christ’s work!
Mark 3:20-21 describes a moment when Jesus’ mother and brothers wanted to take Jesus away from his ministry. They thought He had gone off the deep end.
“Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that He and His disciples were not even able to eat. When His family heard about this, they went to take charge of Him, for they said, 'He is out of His mind!'”
Mary was worried. But how many sick and injured people would have missed Jesus’ healing touch if He had followed Mary home?
God’s plan was different. Jesus did and said the unexpected. He was an unconventional Messiah.
Roger’s mother wanted a preacher in the family. Fortunately, God called my husband to preach when he was seven. His Mom tirelessly trained him, forcing him to practice his sermons behind the counter in the kitchen to his “congregation” in the den. She dreamed her Golden Boy would one day become a famous Texas pastor.
But God called Roger to a small church in Arizona. When we first arrived in Tucson, there were only a handful of Christians. It was the wild, Wild West! And his Mom was a world away.
Roger’s mom saw God’s Hand at work over time, but it wasn’t Plan A for her.
We can’t force our children into our mold. God uniquely calls our kids, and His plan may surprise us.
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