November 16, 2017

GPS: God's Positioning System

"Christian" does not mean one who merely prayed the sinner's prayer when they encountered Christ but one who continues to follow Christ every day. And that's not easy. Because he took the way less traveled. The Way of Christ is a narrow road and our nature-habit-default is to hop on the freeway instead (Matthew 7).

The only way I know to stay on the straight and narrow, to use a different metaphor, is to "eat the word of God" (Jeremiah 15) as part of my daily diet. For "man shall not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God."

So the Bible is sort of like a Christian GPS. Because every day I get that voice navigation that is so radically course-altering that I have to decide once again whether or not I really want to continue down this Jesus path. I mean crazy-sounding stuff like this from today's readings:

"The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous are gracious and continue to give."--Psalm 37

“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful."--Luke 6

This Christian Way may be the death of me yet; and that just may be the point (Matthew 16)!

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