When I was a kid, my mom would ask me how I was doing, or how my day went, and I would answer “good.” She would immediately tell me she was not asking about my moral character. LOL – She was teaching me that good has more to do with WHO you are than HOW you are.
Next to my bed I keep a copy of the JB Philips translation of the New Testament. I have always loved that translation. And I find when I read in a different version, sometimes things jump out at me.
And you’ll never guess what I decided to read – that’s right Matthew 5 (OK, I am in a bit of a rut)
But something jumped out at me – check this out:
For I tell you that your goodness must be a far better thing then the goodness of the scribes and Pharisees before you can set foot in the kingdom of Heaven at all! (Matthew 5:20 Phillips)
When I get stopped like this, I take a moment to ponder, and in my pondering, I remembered that just a couple verses up the page lay this beauty:
Happy are those who have suffered persecution for the cause of goodness, for the kingdom of Heaven is theirs! (Matt 5:10 Phillips)
And a bit further up this:
How happy are the humble-minded, for the kingdom of Heaven is theirs! (Matt 5:3 Phillips)
Let me get this straight.
These were the guys – remember this – who, when their wives came in from gathering mint from the garden, would lay it all out on the counter, and count the leaves – one for God – nine for the pantry – two for God – nine more for the pantry.
These were the guys who memorized the entire Old Testament, and all the commentaries ever written.
BUT – I want to enter the Kingdom of Heaven!
Then I looked down at my goodness meter and much to my great surprise the needle was pinned on Jesus!
HAHAHA – that makes me happy.
God put His wonderful Holy Spirit inside me, and He let’s me know how to follow Jesus, and when I mess up, He shows me how to fix it, so that it actually helps me and those around me. He turns things I have done to hurt folks into stuff that actually causes healing for them and me. HOW COOL IS THAT! [Tweet This]
Come back soon.