Life will never be the same again
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Matthew 6:26-33 (NLT)
“Look at the birds….. Look at the lilies… So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
“Life will never be the same again.” How many times in the past few weeks have you heard that? And yet there are people and forces behind them who will be working very hard to persuade us back into the same patterns of life: spend and travel, spend and travel, accumulate and consume. But if our experience of lockdown has taught us anything, I hope it is to value the present moment, to value good food, and supportive relationships, and lives of service rather than grasping, and to value the animals, birds and plants around us. I sincerely hope that life will never be the same again, that we don’t stumble unthinkingly back into the same old patterns of consumption and exploitation.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus set out what life looks like when God is king and our preoccupation is with living that out in relationships of self-giving love and, not even concerned about the necessities. (Remember the fights over toilet paper?) At the end of Matthew’s gospel (28.19-20) the risen Jesus declares that he been given the power to make that happen and tells his followers to go and show the world what it looks like, teaching them too to become followers.
God grant us the grace to rejoice in every evidence we see of lives lived by the values of your kingdom, in love and service to others and to the world around. Grant us the strength to model those values in our new future.