Minimalist For God

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Based off of Mark 10: 17-22

As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him.  “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered.  “No one is good – except God alone.”

Good.  What is good?  Running up to Jesus?  Falling on knees before him?  Asking the way to eternity?  Very good, I’m thinking.  But not good enough. 

Jesus listed off more:

Do not murder

Do not commit adultery

Do not steal

Do not give false testimony

Do not defraud

Honor your father and mother

“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”

Jesus looked at him and loved him.

Loved him for what he was, and for what he still lacked.

And loved.

“One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me.” 

At this the man’s face fell.  He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

Couldn’t trade the goods for Good. 

Couldn’t exchange what is good for what is GOOD. 

Neither can I.  I lack, and he looks at me and loves me. And still he asks me what I call good, and reaching out beyond his heavens he reaches further still into the the piles of good heaped all around me.  The good that gobbles up ever last second of my day and night.  The good that must be done, for how else will it get done?  The ultimate minimalist action.  To release the good for good. 

“Come, follow me.”

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2 Comments

  1. There is a time & a place for the “good” that is sometimes referred to as “stuff”. It is usually what makes our lives run smoother, more comfortable and it creates a way for us to be freer to give, share, reach out, raise our families with ease and reduce the stress that so many in this world live with. I think of many of the young families in this world trying to do their best for their families, their church, their communities and what they have that is “good” to carry out these things. It often is MUCH MUCH less than what I have been blessed with. Every good thing comes from the Father of Light. Personally I inherited a huge amount of “good” stuff…..mahogany furniture to fill a household. Two generations used it, shared it in loving gatherings at our homes and appreciated it. But now it is not the same circumstances and so these same blessings from God have been given away or sold for someone else to, hopeful, use to bless their families and their friends and their church and their communities.
    So Amelia, this is what I think, the “good” we have has come from God……or not …if you have been convicted by God’s Holy Spirit that it is not good. It’s like Cory Ten Boon once told Chuck Swindoll…”Don’t clutch onto the things of this world too tightly because it HURTS SO BAD when God unclenches your fists”. Two days ago I sold the remaining large and some medium pieces of the Rutherford estate furniture. I had put it into Public Storage and the attic of the home I am renting out to another lovely family. But after 3 years in Colorado and over $4,000.00 later I am FREE to be more effective in handling this income that ALL belongs to God anyway and is given me as his steward.
    A word to ponder, Mary H.

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