Walk the Straight Road

Photo curtsy of Odan Jaeger
Photo courtesy of Odan Jaeger

Genesis 29:15-28
Psalm 128
Romans 8:26-39
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

 

We will begin with the first two verses of Psalm 128 to set the tone of this reading:

All you who fear God, how blessed you are!
how happily you walk on his smooth straight road!
You worked hard and deserve all you’ve got coming.
Enjoy the blessing! Revel in the goodness!
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This is what we can expect when we plant that mustard seed and pour in the yeast; growth occurs.  Not the growth we might choose, as Jacob discovered, but the growth of the Holy Spirit.

When I choose to live in God’s way by following Jesus, I have to change my way of thinking.  Humans tend to think in terms of today only.  What will I wear, what will I eat, what will I do?  God’s time is geologic; He blesses us in His time.  I want it today, He gives it seven years later.

That is because God sits outside of time; He can see what will happen to us because for Him it has already happened.  If I visit Niagara Falls, I can look at the water half a mile up the river and see exactly what will happen to it at the waterfalls and below.  That is similar to God’s position in our lives.  He knows just when we need his help; when we need that barrel to survive the waterfalls.

Jesus gave his disciples several images of what heaven is like.  It is like a mustard seed, yeast, hidden treasure, pearl, a net full of fish, and much more.  Why do we need all these images?  “You can see, then,” returned Jesus, “how every one who knows the Law and becomes a disciple of the kingdom of Heaven is like a householder who can produce from his store both the new and the old.” Phillips  We as followers of Jesus need to understand the Gospel so that we can both live it and share it.

With Paul we say, Can anything separate us from the love of Christ? Can trouble, pain or persecution? Can lack of clothes and food, danger to life and limb, the threat of force of arms? Indeed some of us know the truth of the ancient text: ‘For your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter’.  No, in all these things we win an overwhelming victory through him who has proved his love for us. Phillips

 

Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

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