Monday, November 21, 2011

Seeking and Becoming

"God's love is never earned nor lost, loaned nor borrowed. It's available but it's invisible; it's present and it's perfect." -- Bob Goff


Matthew 6:33-34a  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.

"Great leaders don’t think less of themselves, they just think of themselves less." -- Mark Miller

God's love, His plan, His blessings, His righteousness -- they all can be found.  But, first, we have to seek them.  With no concern for tomorrow's consequences.  With no concern for ourselves.

Read the sermon on the mount, in the preceding chapter of Matthew.  Jesus tells us all the things necessary to grow closer to God and receive increasing blessings.  And, although He never says so, it's a great description of Jesus' own selflessness.  The selflessness that had Him teaching others how to grow spiritually. That had Him confronting false teachers and those who desecrated the house of God.  That made Him an enemy of those who had no inward relationship with God.  That took Him to the Cross to pay for all our sins, the sins we couldn't pay for ourselves.

Yes, read Matthew 5.  But don't just think of the descriptions of what we ought to be.  Nor what we could be.  Nor what we must be.  Yes, all of those things.  But also the freedom Jesus gave us, by His death, burial and resurrection, to become the things described in Matthew 5.  Jesus gave us a way out of what we were.  But also a way in to what we could become.  We could be more and He gave us the way.  Through Him, in unity with the Father.

What does Matthew 5 show you, today?

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