Monday, October 1, 2012

The Climb

When Jesus saw His ministry drawing huge crowds, 
He climbed a hillside. 
Those who were apprenticed to Him, 
the committed, climbed with Him.
Matthew 5:1-2

Jesus was about to give one of His most famous speeches.
The Beatitudes described the moral code of the new Law.
It would be even harder to fulfill than the old.
Those apprenticed to Him--the committed--
had to climb so they could be ready to hear.

As I read what Jesus was saying here,
I kept reminding myself of the starting point: 
climb up with HIm.
Only seated with Him
is this even remotely possible.
Don’t say anything you don’t mean... 
If someone takes unfair advantage of you, 
use the occasion to practice the servant life...
I’m telling you to love your enemies. 
Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst...
Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. 
Live out your God-created identity. 
Live generously and graciously toward others, 
the way God lives toward you.
I always want Him to live His life through me.
But there are days I forget to climb.
I have said things I don't really mean.
I have been bugged when taken advantage of.
I have not always loved even friends.
But I want to grow up--everyday.
He is generous and gracious toward me.
I want to treat others with the same 
generosity and grace.
There is only one way.
"He raised us and seated us 
in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus."
I need to climb up with Him.
And refuse to come down.
Because up is not only better;
it is utterly requisite.

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