The Good Life: What and Where Our Treasure Is
All of us get a taste of the good life and the truth is when that happens, we usually want more! We’ve been talking about the good life that our culture promotes, typically focused on upward mobility and living out the American Dream of material abundance and prosperity. But Jesus speaks of the good life in a profoundly different way. Last week as we talked about the Beatitudes, we quoted from the paraphrase of Matthew 5 from The Message: “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you, there is more of God and his rule….You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought… You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.” Jesus wants us to have a life where there is more of God. The best life for us does happen when our mind and heart are put right. To me, that would be a principal goal of the Christian life.
We’ll talk Sunday about our treasure and our hearts. At some time all of us have to think more intentionally about our heart, that vital organ that makes life possible for us. Good exercise helps keep the heart muscle strong. None of us want a blocked heart. And the heart has often been viewed as the seat of our emotions. When joy abounds in our lives, our heart is full. When our heart is broken, we suffer from the pain (sometimes physically as well). Then Jesus reminds us, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Mt 6:21). As we talk about the good life these days, we might say that the good life is about having a healthy heart and a healthy faith. When the heart is in trouble, life does not work at all well. God wants our heart in the right place and God will work hard to help make that happen for us. Often our hearts are touched when someone blesses us with an act of sacrificial love, a gift that means the world to us. I think God works in those deep acts of love, when someone gives much of their time, of themselves, a large gift. Sunday we will worship and meet God who offers us a great treasure, the kind that can strengthen and bless any heart.
Dave Summers, PhD
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P.S. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14. Pick up a winter/spring 2018 Journeys small groups at PVUMC guidebook Sunday, and stop by the Learning and Living table on the patio before or after worship to browse through the Lenten study books the clergy are recommending for church-wide study. Which Way Lord? by Robert Fuquay costs $6. Renovate, which the Young Adults will follow beginning February 11, on Sundays at 12:30 pm in H1, costs $10. Guidebooks are free. Ash Wednesday services will be at 12 noon in the chapel and 6:30 pm in the sanctuary on February 14. Read More.
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