BECAUSE WE ARE POCKET PROTECTORS

JESUS EVERYDAY 16

BECAUSE WE ARE POCKET PROTECTORS– OUR WORLD NEEDS JESUS EVERYDAY because we are pocket protectors. We are tight-fisted, tight-minded, tight-wads. We are afraid to let loose. Even when we see others in need, we seize the grip on our wallets, our time, our appearance, our performance, and our stuff. Whatever precious item we have treasured in our pockets we seem to desperately want to keep for ourselves. To let our guard down would be to relinquish control– so we defend ourselves against others who need a helping hand. We have chosen to live as pocket-protectors.

But Jesus gives us open arms. He shares his life, kingdom, mercy, and salvation. He offers himself sacrificially, generously, even scandalously in concern for us. He reaches his hands out in an invitation to join him. We were created to treasure Jesus and, as a result, to generously treasure others. Ultimately, he asks us to be like him– radically committed to open-handedness.

“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” – Matthew 6:21

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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