Monday, February 22, 2010

Jesus: His Commands (4 of 14)

This is part 4 of a 14 part piece. Start here to read it through:

Fast In Secret — Matthew 6:15–18 — It is impossible to separate this command from the command on giving a few verses earlier. God's purposes in intentional discipline is not to server as determination of which class of holy persons we belong in, but instead to orient us in the will and vision of God for the resurrection of all things filled with life and divine light.

Lay Up Treasures — Matthew 6:19–24 — Jesus deals here once again in the uncomfortable space of his desire for us to live open handed. Noting that the eye is the lamp of the body he convicts our selfish desire for acquisition that prevents us from fully embracing the practice of intentional emptiness. Our decisions are in the crossfire of two competing masters. To put it most relevantly to our place in time and space the selfish nature of consumerism can not coexist with Jesus invitation to emptiness.

Do Not Worry — Matthew 6:25-30, Luke 12:22 — Worry is the natural outcome of unsatisfied selfishness.

Seek God’s Kingdom — Matthew 6:33 — In the absence of seeking the Jesus way, one would hardly expect selfish satisfaction to just be poured out. God's Kingdom is no different. The Way of selflessness and emptiness will not just fall from heaven. The Spirit reveals God's divine light as calls us each down the path that sanctifies us to full participation in God's perfect Kingdom work.

Judge Not — Matthew 7:1 , Luke 6:37— The Way belongs to God. Do not judge causes us to trust God in his divine work. Although we join with God in working to practice resurrection and new life, though we believe that our calling is to breathe divine light into the darkness of this kingdom, we must remember that reconciliation is God's work. This command reminds us not to fall victim ourselves to Satan's third lie, believing that we can be like God.

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