Today’s Reading: Genesis 9:1-10:32, Psalm 3:5-8, Proverbs 1:24-27, Matthew 5: 1-26
A friend of mine asked how I found time to write these long posts. And I wonder how anyone will find time to read them! There will be days, I am sure, where I have much less to say. Or less time to say it. Like today.
Today was a day of conviction. Or shall I say re-conviction. Things I don’t want to hear because I feel pretty helpless to change. So, “hear” goes…
In today’s passage, Matthew recounts Jesus preaching this (5:14-16):
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Frankly, I would have to think long and hard to remember anyone telling me that they saw my good works and glorified God as a result.
Nope: can’t rightly recall that.
Which begs the questions:
1. What must change in my life in order for that to happen – what light am I hiding?
2. What can I do to change my life in order for that to happen – how do I get the bowl off my head?
Enough of that.
Jesus also said (5:21-22):
You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister [refers to fellow disciple, which would include spouse…] will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca’ [an Aramaic term of contempt], is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
Ok, I know that there’s a way that this isn’t quite as bad as it sounds… but, still: