Day 75 – Multiple Perspectives
On: January 14, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

Looking at his disciples, he said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. [Luke 6:20-21]

This is completely counter cultural, of course. Who, in their right mind, wants to live in poverty, hunger and, probably as a result, tears. And I don’t think anyone is suggesting that these things, in themselves, are good; they’re not. Indeed, surely those who name Jesus as Lord should, where we they can, work to alleviate poverty, hunger and sadness – and their root causes.

There is no doubt about it, however, that we can best see God at work when we are at our weakest, when we are least able to rely on our own resources. Are not churches fuller than ever in wartime? And is it not the case that there is generally more faith around where there is less wealth? (“You cannot serve God and money.” Luke 16:13)  And I know from my own experience that I can usually see more clearly when my life is going through a difficult season, when God seems more distant. It wouldn’t be my choice, but it’s a crucial part of what has shaped me. And it also enables me to empathise with others as they go though difficult times.

But there is a different perspective here as well. Poor in spirit, recognising our own selfishness and pride; hungering for insight into the Kingdom of God and it’s outworking in the world around us; being distraught at the brokenness of our towns and nations; at the injustice of the chasm between the haves and the have nots.

I’m not sure that any one of these views on Jesus’ words is the right one. The Word of God is a multi-faceted prism and will throw a different light as we look at it from different perspectives. To truly engage with Jesus’ teaching we must allow ourselves to be directed by all these and more, as He speaks daily into our lives.

The Word of God is a multi-faceted prism

Prayer:

Father God, awaken in me a sensitivity to all aspects of your words. Amen.

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