Monday, March 29, 2010

Monday, March 29th

Of all the parables that Jesus tells my favorite is the one that he tells in Matthew 13:44:

“The kingdom of God is like a treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.”

Not only am I impressed at Jesus’ ability to tell a story in a verse but for me this little story is the story of what the life of transformation is all about.

Life is worship. It is a radical, voluntary realignment of my values to his values.

Why would I do this? Because His way is better. It just is. Loving my enemies, for example is the better (not easier) way than hating them. Being a servant is the better way than being selfish. Seeking understanding and forgiveness is the better way than living with anger and contempt for others. Honor and humility are better than lust and pride.

And why is Jesus’ way better? There are many reasons. The world just works better according to his way. Jesus way is life giving. But really in a word, to honor the One who could tell a story in one verse… it is joy.

Lord, may I live today as the one who, in his joy went out sold all his possessions so that he could purchase the field which contained a treasure like that was like your kingdom. Amen.

Pastor Tim

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