DAY 12 | MORE RELATIONAL

All things have been entrusted to Me by My Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.

Matthew 11:27

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In Jesus we see the perfect picture of a child fully entrusting Himself to His Father. We see a union between Father and Son that, within the flow of these verses from Matthew 11, is the direct result of children seeing the treasures of God’s knowledge—what God knows—and humbly listening to Him. The picture of a mature son of God is the fruit of a teachable, humble, childlike disposition embraced by the believer before God.

The more we become like children, the more relational we will become. We will want to learn, we will want to be instructed, we will want to be taught by God. We won’t stamp our foot and refuse to enter the library of God’s knowledge the way He desires. And we won’t insist on our own way—demanding that Jesus build for us a separate and private door to His library, one big enough to fit our enormous heads. Our heads need to become small enough to fit through the door a toddler can get through, if we are truly to learn. And that sort of learning, that sort of a teachable spirit, sounds a lot like wonder, awe, and celebration of the simple truths God treasures most.

Wouldn’t it be better to live within the dynamic of relational living, over that of transactional living or living in a fantasy? Wouldn’t it be best to use reason and imagination, together, like we see Jesus does all throughout the Gospels? Jesus is as imaginative as He is rational—the combination of these, perfectly orchestrated, made Him highly relational with all He met.

The point of knowledge for God, and the aim of His instruction to us His children, is not that we would know more, but that we would love more, and love better. As Paul said it best, “knowledge puffs up [or makes arrogant], but love builds up” (1 Corinthians 8:1). So, we often have to ask ourselves, am I more prone to puff up myself before others, or am about my Father’s business of building up others in love?