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                   The Good Life Is…!

March 2019

My Dear Faithful friend:

 

As we continue on the broadcast through the Gospel according to Matthew, each month here we will highlight special moments. This month it is the “Sermon on the Mount.” This is Jesus with no ordinary sermon, but more a series of concise comments, some of which are begin with the Lord’s declaration, “You have heard it said, but I say unto you!” But He initiates this all with a profound call to live very different as God’s people. To resist what the world values, and instead embrace what He declares are the values of what Matthew refers to as the Kingdom of Heaven.   It is these values that Jesus is saying give life meaning, and which are those God will value for eternally.

Jesus in these few verses brings to the stale and callous first century faith of Israel new insights that has in its breath and depth strangely brought changes to every other religion on earth. This, when very few really understand what Jesus is actually saying. The “Beatitudes,” as we call them, begin this profound call to this new life. The word, which is usually translated “blessed,” “how happy,” or “how fortunate,” is a complex Greek concept, and fully means, “the good life,” “Here is the best of life,” or the “great expectations” of what is God’s Kingdom.

Such a wonderful and blessed life in God’s Kingdom is, however, not the vindication of God’s people, nor obviously the humiliation of the enemies of God be it Rome, or whoever might be seen the current antagonist. It is God’s call to His faithful to join in this “blessed” existence. An existence that is not for the haughty, or those that see this as their right. It is not for those that perceive themselves as the pure, but for the “poor in spirit.” That means those who are faithful, seek His presence, and don’t presume they merit God’s grace. Those who grieve over the lack of spiritual commitment and repentance in their midst, have submitted to the will of God, and will wait upon the Lord. They desire righteousness above all, which includes deliverance and salvation for others. And a new life inhabited by those that forgive, for they have, of course, “obtained God’s mercy.” It is those pure of heart, those that make for peace, who seek no advantage over others, but instead desire to reflect the very nature of our Lord. And because these are of God’s Kingdom they will be persecuted, and, naturally, they will be reviled, and “falsely accused of all matter evil.”

Such Jesus identifies as those of His Kingdom, and are the very salt to provide the savor, and healing for our world, and the light that might draw more to Him. This seems a stark and demanding calling, but to teach this is to be called “great.” But now before Jesus will deepen and internalize the Law of God, He will assert that our “righteousness must exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, or you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven” (Mt. 5:20). This is the key, for how is that possible? Just as is His later call that “you therefore must be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt.5:48)?

The key is, like so much of our faith, it is not up to us, but God! This all is not what we must do, but what God will do in and through us when we are open, seeking, obedient, and desiring His work in us. It is never about what we are able to do. It is not about our strength, ability, natural gifts, and certainly not our intellect. It is about His grace, mercy, and love for us, and then what He will do in, through, and for us.

This is the good life. This is any life in our Lord, our willingness, our desires to be used, and open to the urging of His Spirit. What He seems to require of us is obedience to His will. His commands are not rigorous, or even that demanding. His “yoke is easy, and burden light,” for He makes all this possible (Mt.11:30). The failure of Israel to remain faithful, obedient, and in dedicated service, was that they were not filled with God’s Spirit. Then it would only be found in the few, those called, or those that sought it diligently. Nothing has changed, other than we are to know that all are called, all can and should seek Him diligently, and that all our lives might be good, or “blessed.”

 

Here is the best of life, what is our expectations for God’s Kingdom.

“Where To From Here”

Chapter 11, part 4

(This, Sharon’s last “self-help” book, as she called these three efforts, is close to concluding. This month we are beginning the last chapter, “Just Where to From Here.” Upon concluding this book, we will as promised begin her autobiography. I will be most interested in your response to this, her destined journey through the obstacles of show biz to our shared life and ministry.)

but as we have seen such indiscriminant manipulations of honesty can be the stuff of great tragedy.   The miserable results of your words and actions are always such that no psychological manipulation will be able to rectify. You will have to make the decision to change, and seek to remake yourself, otherwise what you have done, all the stupidity may well be yelled from the rooftops all to your embarrassment.

Always sooner or later the truth will out and there is no turning back without having to weave an even more convoluted web, all the while being gazed upon with suspiciousness and disgust. Then, of course, you can face the truth, and make amends. Not some half-hearted effort, or playing some game. Now a new commentary on your life can be written. Just who are you? An unscrupulous oaf, punctuated by the clatter of charades, perhaps someone running the gamut of one retracted statement after another none of which are being bought, or will you discover that all your techniques, from charm to bluster and back again, are all useless.

You have lost their confidence. Now for people to believe in you would take a miracle. Ahead are now dark shadows and pervading gloom in a miserable attempt to restore your reputation. Their belief has been shattered; for good relationships are built on trust and assurance of your credence. If such reliance is dashed and you are deemed an untrustworthy fake, if ever your word was thought to be unimpeachable, incorruptible and above suspicion, the fact that you cannot speak without being dishonest has insured you a future of empty badlands and a painful elimination from your place in society.

You have your work cut out for you to reestablish yourself in among those who were adversely affected by your indiscretions, but if the moment of truth went well when you staunchly stood up and bared your soul with the unwavering truth, congratulations. Otherwise, ahead of you lies the gauntlet where you will have to prove yourself every moment of the day. But it is wise for the truth to be known or it can only lead to what could become one self-destructive event after another. The truth can set you free and bring you to a place in your life where you feel content and at peace with yourself. With that in mind I must add a note concerning my father. Soon his life unraveled completely, and I would alone re-establish a connection. He was after all my father. It was awkward for he continued making poor decisions. Thus our relationship changed. In many ways I became the “adult,” and remained dutifully doing what I could for him and speaking the truth until his death.

 

CHAPTER TWELVE

JUST, WHERE TO FROM HERE?

 

Well, just where do we go from here? Hopefully, and even more, prayerfully we will be making decision more wisely. For in truth what we should know by now is that we will all be forced at some time to make more than some innocuous decision, like which pair of shoes to buy. Instead we may be forced to decide whether to continue some form of additional cancer treatment, because the current treatments have not worked. Such a decision as these critical ones will requires strength, all the information possible, and support from your loved ones. Yes, most of us will at some point be faced with such crucial, and complicated decisions. The ones that will require every possible facility one possesses, and some that cannot be put off for long.

Here in what I have written I have tried to present the reality that there are those times of decision. And tried to highlight them with real life stories to bring the truth home. It is how we make those decisions that matter. Is it a leap of faith, just taking a chance that everything will work out, or is it marked by the best information possible, and spending the time necessary considering all the possible out comes? The leap of faith may work out, but it may be better to keep your head considering all the ramifications, who will my decision effect the most, and always to pray, heed that still small voice, which can actually be the Holy Spirit, and thus is never wrong.

A wonderful example of this is that in our first pastorate after we were married. When the senior pastor had taken a prolonged foreign evangelistic tour, we had a wonderful few months of successfully leading the small church ….

(Continued next month)

 

 

 

                   The Good Life Is…!

March 2019

My Dear Faithful friend:

 

As we continue on the broadcast through the Gospel according to Matthew, each month here we will highlight special moments. This month it is the “Sermon on the Mount.” This is Jesus with no ordinary sermon, but more a series of concise comments, some of which are begin with the Lord’s declaration, “You have heard it said, but I say unto you!” But He initiates this all with a profound call to live very different as God’s people. To resist what the world values, and instead embrace what He declares are the values of what Matthew refers to as the Kingdom of Heaven.   It is these values that Jesus is saying give life meaning, and which are those God values eternally.

Jesus in these few verses brings to the stale and callous first century faith of Israel new insights that has in its breath and depth strangely brought changes to every other religion on earth. This, when very few really understand what Jesus is actually saying. The “Beatitudes,” as we call them, begin this profound call to this new life. The word, which is usually translated “blessed,” “how happy,” or “how fortunate,” is a complex Greek concept, and fully means, “the good life,” “Here is the best of life,” or the “great expectations” of what is God’s Kingdom.

Such a wonderful and blessed life in God’s Kingdom is, however, not the vindication of God’s people, nor obviously the humiliation of the enemies of God, be it Rome, or whoever might be seen the current antagonist. It is God call to His faithful to join in this “blessed” existence. An existence that is not for the haughty, or those that see this as their right. It is not for those that perceive themselves as the pure, but for the “poor in spirit.” That means those who are faithful, seek His presence, and don’t presume they merit God’s grace. Those who grieve over the lack of spiritual commitment and repentance in their midst, and have submitted to the will of God, and will wait upon the Lord. They desire righteousness above all, which includes deliverance and salvation for others. And a new life inhabited by those that forgive, for they have, of course, “obtained God’s mercy.” It is those pure of heart, those that make for peace, who seek no advantage over others, but instead desire to reflect the Lord’s nature. And because these are of God’s Kingdom they will be persecuted, and, naturally, they will be reviled, and “falsely accused of all matter evil.”

Such Jesus identifies as those of His Kingdom, and are the very salt to provide the savor, and healing for our world, and the light that might draw more to Him. This seems a stark and demanding calling, but to teach this is to be called “great.” But now before Jesus will deepen and internalize the Law of God, He will assert that our “righteousness must exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, or you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven” (Mt. 5:20). This is the key, for how is that possible? Just as is His later call that “you therefore must be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt.5:48)?

The key is, like so much of our faith, it is not up to us but God! This all is not what we must do, but what God will do in and through us when we are open, seeking, obedient, and desiring His work in us. It is never about what we are able to do. It is not about our strength, ability, natural gifts, and certainly not our intellect. It is about His grace, mercy, and love for us, and then what He will do in, through, and for us.

This is the good life. This is any life in our Lord, our willingness, our desires to be used, and open to the urging of His Spirit. What He seems to require of us is obedience to His will. His commands are not rigorous, or even that demanding. His “yoke is easy, and burden light,” for He makes all this possible (Mt.11:30). The failure of Israel to remain faithful, obedient, and in dedicated service, was that they were not filled with God’s Spirit. Then it would only be found in the few, those called, or those that sought it diligently. Nothing has changed, other than we are to know that all are called, all can and should seek Him diligently, and that all our lives might be good, or “blessed.”

 

Here is the best of life, what is our expectations for God’s Kingdom.

 

Thomas R. Wyatt