May 23, 2018
Beloved: Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we shall go into such and such a town, spend a year there doing business, and make a profit” – you have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow. You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears. Instead you should say, “If the Lord wills it, we shall live to do this or that.” Jas_4:13-17
Jesus said, “There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. For whoever is not against us is for us.” Mk_9:38-40
Funny thing, this thing we call human nature. It has this constant upward pull, much like gravity has a constant downward pull.
And in our upward bound nature we seem to crave accomplishment, and we love to be proud of what we’ve accomplished.
In our youth, we wanted to climb that ladder of advancement in our jobs. We wanted to make more and more money so we could have all the good things in life. And we wanted to do it all independently of others. The greater the challenge, the higher the competition, the happier we were – when we independently won that prize.
But all along, we were, also constantly fighting gravity. Gravity that wanted nothing more than to knock us down and push us back into the mud, where it all began.
By the time we became a little older and wiser, we began to realize that the fight really wasn’t worth it. Either we were constantly losing, or we found that the prize we won was really nothing more than just another gimmick – that didn’t last very long anyway.
So we came to the point in life of making one of two choices. We either gave up on life and fell into gravity’s despair and hopelessness; or, we discovered that we can do a whole lot more – with a little help. And you know what? Finding good help, especially these days, could sometimes be pretty hard to do!
And that’s where the Holy Spirit comes in.
You see, the Holy Spirit leads us up to Jesus, and Jesus leads us up to God the Father. And there could be – no greater help in life – than from it’s very Creator.
Now, the only way the Holy Spirit will enter our lives is – if and when we finally let go of that concept of independence, and recognize our own – Poverty of Spirit. Jesus said, “Blessed are the Poor in Spirit” – and THERE is the reason.
With the Holy Spirit on our side, and in our hearts, we learn that He IS the ONLY way to true upward mobility. And when we realize THAT, then we also realize that we really have nothing to boast about – in ourselves.
In the poverty of our own spirits, we boast about the Holy Spirit instead! We boast about Jesus and God the Father – for ALL they have done for us. . . Because it is only through this awesome, and merciful, and loving God, that we can ever overcome the gravity of life.
And you know what else?
As we heard in Mark’s Gospel today: there are no special groups, no privileged few, no “Greatest” in the Kingdom of God . . . ALL who Believe, and Rely, and Trust in Jesus will find that Kingdom right there in their own hearts, right there in their neighbor, who just might be fighting that same demon of gravity and independence that they fought with for so long themselves.
Jesus said, “Whoever is not against us is FOR us!”
So, in our union with the Holy Spirit, beloved, we too can make the boast: “Blessed be the Name of our Lord Jesus, forever!”
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