life without limits
Jesus said, “put your sword back where it belongs. All who use swords are destroyed by swords” (Matthew 26:52, MSG).
Live by the sword, be limited by the sword is the message here. Jesus took the opportunity of this intense moment between Peter and a servant to the high priest to once again reveal the reality of heaven as a greater reality than what man sees and understands in the earthly realm. Jesus consistently preached the contrast between the kingdom of this world and the kingdom of God. To live carnally, or according to the world’s system, man must rely on his natural resources for protection and provision. The greater reality in the case of Peter’s attempt at self-defense, Jesus explained, are the more than 72,000 angels ready at the command of the Father.
Self-sufficiency. How often do we look to ourselves as the means to meet all of our needs? And, do we realize that by doing so, we are actually the cause of the limitations we experience in life? Consider this example: when missionaries to India, Nick and Marcae Robertson, were asked why they see so many more healing miracles abroad than we see here in America, they stated that the poor there must live by faith in God. They have no other recourse such as medical insurance to visit doctors. So could we adapt Jesus’ words to speak to our confidence in the earthly medical system in America and say, “Those who live by health insurance will have limited health?”
What about the financial well-being we all desire? Do we believe our careers to be the source of our financial stability? Can we once again apply Jesus’ words to this mindset and say, “Those who live according to the world’s economy will be limited by its fragile financial system?
Additionally, what about the peace of mind we all seek so that we can lay our heads down at night and know we are safe? Is a home alarm system our chosen source of safety? Could we not continue along the same thought process and conclude that those who live according to earthly security standards will experience limited safety when factoring in the margin for human error?
As children of God and co-heirs with Christ, we have been called to a life without limits. Knowing the reality of the kingdom of heaven is the key to living limitlessly. Jesus consistently preached the kingdom of heaven during the years of His earthly ministry. By receiving into our hearts the truths recorded in Scripture, we are set free from the small-minded thinking of the earthly realm and its limitations.
A life without health limits- “Praise the Lord, O my soul,and forget not all His benefits… who heals all your diseases…” (Psalm 103:2-3).
A life without financial limits- “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
A life without security limits- “So we say with confidence, ‘the Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?'” (Hebrews 13:6).