This morning as I opened my bible, I prayed that the Lord would give me revelation into His Word. My eyes then fell where I’d left off in my last reading:
“You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you , Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take yor tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do no refuse the one would borrow from you.” Matthew 5: 38-42
This passage, along with the surrounding scripture on how we should live in such counter-earthly ways, is stunning to me. Like cold water thrown in my sleepy face, I’m alerted again to just how extreme the God I follow is. There is nothing luke warm about Him.
As I read through these uncompromising words, I’m thinking, “I don’t live like this…this is insane and wild and yet, what I’ve been called to.” He has called me, us, to throw off our old selves and put on the new (Colossians 3:9). The old = walk according to what you think is right/justified. The new (which is a game-changer) = walk with Jesus, the radical.
Walk an extra mile with the person you hate.
Let your stuff go.
Care more about someone’s soul then any thing you or any convenience you want to have.
And here’s the kicker: you’re not going to do it.
Neither am I, not nearly good enough anyway. Never to the extent that my heart would long to. My sin-flesh is still attached to the vessel that carries the Holy Spirit. Even though He is in me, I’m like a drunk woman weaving all over the place as I make my way home.
But the beauty? The unfolding magnificence of grace and truth. There are absolute ideals given to us by God, ideals that stem from His heart. But the flowing from the heart, the blood spilled, contains the other absolute: grace.
“Having fallen from the absolute Ideal, we have nowhere to land but in the safety net of absolute grace.” Philip Yancey, The Jesus I Never Knew
In the everyday, in how we walk out our lives and strive to follow the ideals, we must remember that the heart of the Father is that we would have a heart like His.
That’s the point.
Be like Jesus, and when you fail at it, let Him be Him for you.
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