What is the purpose of this treasure we call life? For most, it is about looking as nice as possible for as long as possible. Doing what is necessary to etch out a good living. Accumulating as much of the good life as possible. In the form of homes, cars, travel and what ever else is necessary to make one feel good about ones self. Of course, good health is a must. Because without it, all is for naught. With the inevitable occurring sooner than desired. That is an abbreviation, of course, but it is picturesque for mental imagery for what this treasure is about for many. Unfortunately for people both inside and outside of the Church of Jesus Christ.
One concern about this treasure is the fear of aging with its crippling consequences. A discussion on the topic took place when he was in his late eighties. During a syndicated radio program the legendary folk singer Pete Seeger, who died at the age of ninety four on 27 January 2014. For any one, who has ever lifted even an eye brow of opposition to war or social inequality. His name should ring some remembrance of unique talent and compassion for people.
In his eighty eight year of life, Pete Seeger, had this to say. Talking about a life that has spanned 60 plus years of strumming his banjo and several other instruments. Weaving poetry, and story telling into heart moving ballads. With enough passion to motivated countless numbers of people to emulate his disdain for war and social inequality.
He described aging like this. “I wish, I could live another twenty years just to see things that are happening.” He complained about his fingers not working the way they use to work. Severely inhibiting is ability to play his instruments. Not being able to sing. Being forced to hum his ballads. Saying it is no fun to lose your eyesight, hearing and memory. Like he was sensing the reality of a World War 1 poem his Uncle Alan wrote. “I have a rendezvous with death. At some disputed barricade.”
Seems fair to assume that Pete Seeger has accumulated as much of the good life as possible. But as sure as day will turn to night, Pete will meet his rendezvous with death, and like most will dispute that barricade. With a longing for more life that allows a return to the past, absent the plagues of age.
Then how can a life be measured that spanned ninety four years? Is it measured by several decades of peak self gratification? Followed by declining mobility with mental disorientation and confusion. With ones rendezvous with death at some disputed barricade; approaching more quickly than anticipated. Is that what this treasure of life is about? It is not a new question because its been asked since the dawn of time.
Perhaps that is what caused a particular person, a young person. Who also appears to have accumulated as much of the good life as possible. And maybe, sensing his own personal rendezvous with death, though young. Sought out Jesus in Matthew 19.
This man is described as being rich. So he approached Jesus and asked, “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I might have eternal life,” verse 16? The reply made by Jesus is interesting, “Why do you call me good? There is none good but one; that is God.” Implying that he is God. And if not, than he is not a good man.
Jesus went on to say. But if you want that life, keep the commandments referring to the Old Testament Commandments. While adding his New Testament Commandment “love your neighbor as yourself,” verses 18-19.
Sensing that the catch was in the net, he replied. “All these things, I have kept from my youth up.” Now, the catch got out of the net. Jesus replied, “Well if, you really want to be perfect, then go, and sell what you own giving it to the poor,” verses 20-21.
After selling, and distributing your possessions. Then you will have treasure in heaven; then come and follow me, verse 21.
Upon hearing that the young man went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions verse 22.
Did such a conversation really take place? Who knows for certain and is it important? Seems that Jesus set the guy up because keeping the commandments is impossible. Forget about loving your neighbor as you love yourself because it can not be done. If there is anything, agreed upon by most, being perfect is out of the question. Jesus often used stories to illustrate strategic lessons. Few are more important than what is to follow. Because it is what Jesus talked about most, the Kingdom of Heaven or God.
People know about Christmas and Easter. That mirror the birth, life, death, and Resurrection of Christ. Necessary occurrences, if one has any hope of participating in the first resurrection. Followed by participating in Christ’s Kingdom on Earth and eternal life
Jesus said to his disciples that it would be difficult for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Because it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God, verses 23-24.
In short summary, it has nothing to do with wealth. But every thing to do with attitude. Jesus put it this way, ” For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also,” Matthew 6:21. People who are wealthy are fortunate and shall not be excluded from the Kingdom of God. What matters is the “come and follow me” requirement of verse twenty one. The camel, the needle and rich person analogies are illustrative of most refusing to follow Christ. To busy with self gratification even though it is for such a short time. The Pete Seeger syndrome is not unique to Pete. Most have those few decades of peak gratification followed by its inevitable decline.
Unfortunately Christians are not exempt from this drive for things beyond the necessary. Even at the expense of service to our risen Lord and Savior. Who warned of the serious consequences for such life styles. Which should help explain, why the modern church is so stagnant. Remember Christ is not opposed to the accumulation of wealth. For Christ, it is a matter of attitude. What is more important then success, or the following of the Master?
Apart from encouraging people to embrace Christ as their Savior. The task of the church is to work for the establishment of “God’s Kingdom” on earth. The gospels of Matthew through John are devoted to the discussions of Jesus’ central message about the “Kingdom of God” on earth.
Just what is this business concerning the churches responsibility for the helping establish this kingdom on earth? In a nut shell, it is a Christ resistance movement. Opposing evil and injustice where ever it is found. Which can only be overcome through the preaching of the gospel of repentance, and newness of life in Christ.
And make it a focus to target the most eminent threat of the 21 century to American freedom, prosperity and security. Such threats is the purpose of the practitioners of Islam. Whose goal is remake America in the image of Islam. And that threat, will grow like an incurable cancer. Unless the Christendom wakes up to save itself from this growing American barbaric menace.
Need some suggestions as to how to launch various actions against Islam. Whose ultimate goal is to silence the church and remake America in the image of Ishmael or Islam. Do you know about that Ishmael Isaac connection? It’s one of Ishmael persecuting Isaac then and today. Paul urged the church to cast out the bondwoman, Hagar the mother of Islam and her son Ishmael the founder of Islam. Read about it for yourself by going to Galatians 4:28-31. Got the know how, to teach how, as to how Christendom can execute the Pauline directives found Galatians four. Found through the *contact us* tab associated with the navigation link.
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