GodReflection: It’s Jesus Friday
Jesus had a sermon so important that he preached it twice. The first time his pulpit was on the side of a mountain and the second time his lectern was on a plain.
After a gazillion readings across the pages of time—in both public and private venues—the sermon continues to challenge its hearers to mirror the heart of God.
I live in a world where economic gain is high on the value list. Gold rules far too many arenas of life. It is from within the context of a wealthy nation that I read from Jesus’ Sermon:
“ . . . Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38).
Sounds to me like he’s talking about money. However, a closer look at the sermon shows Jesus’ target is not money.
That kind of generosity applies to love, prayer, and to any need others might have who cross my path.
I am to generously apply the reflection of Jesus’ heart to anyone who is my enemy. I am to be generous in mercy and forgiveness.
Now, here comes the application for us hypocrites.
Jesus uses a cartoon analogy of one with a log stuck in his/her eye judging fellow sinners over a speck of sawdust under an eyelid. He wants me to be sharp enough to get the point that I am to be generous with other’s specks of sawdust.
How is it that I can accept God’s generosity in offering me forgiveness with all of the fault-chucks and missteps I make and then stand ready to pounce upon the specks of sawdust generated by a brother or sister in Jesus?
It seems like that places a whole new light on dissecting oversights, missteps, worship services, preaching, opinions, and actions of another Christ follower.
Could demonstrating Jesus’ generosity by overlooking specks be the remedy for all division among Jesus followers?
Figs, grapes, and good hearts only come from good trees.
Good produces good.
The mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Jesus wants my heart to be filled with generosity.
Generosity is Jesus’ doctrine.
In summation of his sermon he contrasts two builders.
The contrast builder is the one who withholds generosity. That life will collapse in complete destruction.
Generosity is to get Jesus right.
Right Jesus makes right doctrine. I suspect the Father smiles each time I get this doctrine right, don’t you think?
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on Generosity is Jesus Doctrine.