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Final Part of The Sermon on the Mount 2 by Manatita
Maxims For Our Children: A Look at The Teachings of Jesus, The Christ
The Wise one continues his teaching to his two children. Here Kanya, the daughter, continues:
Kanya: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” St. Matthew, 5:48.
Wise one: “Yes, my son.”
Junior: “My friends tell me that this is impossible.”
Wise one.” Yes. I have heard this also. It is always better to avoid those who would sow the seeds of doubt in our hearts and minds. Why do we love children?
Kanya: “Because they are innocent, childlike and fun to be with.”
Wise one: “Truly spoken, Kanya. We love them because they remind us also of the qualities which we once had. We do not like them only for their sake, but because we wish to be like them. Same thing with our Lord. We appreciate His forgiveness, mercy and compassion, precisely because we identify with those qualities, and wish to be like that. That is why St. Paul asks us to be followers of God, and to ‘walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God …” “Ephesians, 5:1-2.
We must give as our Lord gave, and strive to love as He loved, all the while relying on His grace. Since we try to imitate the good things that our parents teach us, how much more important it is to imitate our Lord. Why would He come if He did not think us worthy, and why recommend anything if He did not have the faith that we could follow? Nevertheless, we should always rely on grace:
‘For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians, 2:8.
Junior: “Thank you, father, beautifully explained”.
Kanya: (reading) “But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth.”
Wise one: “My daughter, we get tremendous pride, when others give us appreciation for the things we do. However, we can become so enslaved by our ego, that we forget our humility before God. We will then be in danger of becoming like the proud Pharaoh (Exodus 10 :3), and not like the humble Daniel (Daniel 10:12)
‘For every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” St. Luke, 18:14. Our Lord then goes on to tell us that we must receive as little children in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. (Ibid, 16-17).
Kanya: “Thank You, daddy. Thank You.”
Wise one: “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.” St. Matthew, 6:19.
Moths and thieves demonstrate that these things are temporary and can be taken away from you. There are other takers: floods, tsunamis, war and death, to name a few. Our Lord asks us to lay up treasures for ourselves in heaven, where it is safe from these intruders. In other words, the only thing lasting is one’s relationship with God. Besides, earthly things can by nature be so appealing that we become slaves to them:
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”. Ibid, 6:21. We will then miss life’s only purpose: to glorify God. This is ably demonstrated in the following verses:
“The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” Exodus, 15:2.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father which is in heaven.” St. Mathew, 5: 16.
Junior: “Thank You, father.”
Wise one: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Ibid. 6:24
All: “We have heard this one before, dad.”
Wise one: “Yes, my children. I will clarify this beatitude a little more. To find God, one needs to be one-pointed in one’s search for Him and with tremendous devotion. We see this failure with Lot’s wife as she disobeyed and turned around to look back at the city. Hence she became a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19: 17-26). Note also Solomon’s problem’s when he turned away from God. (Nehemiah, 13:26)
When we live in someone else’s house, then we cannot give full attention to our own. We must love God alone. He tells us of His jealousy thus:
“Thou shall have none other gods before me … for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God …” Deuteronomy, 5:7-9.
All together: “Thank you, father.”
Wise one: “Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” St. Matthew 6:25
Junior: “Can I share my thoughts, daddy?”
Wise one: “Sure, my son, sure.”
Junior: “Our Lord is saying that we ought not to worry so much. We are God’s own children and as such greater than our food, drink and clothes. It is insulting for us to worry, for if He looks after the fowls and flowers, (Ibid, 26-28), then He will definitely look after us who are made in His very image. (Genesis 1:27).
Wise one: “True, Junior, true. Any offers, Kanya?”
Kanya: “Well, dad, he wants us to surrender to His Will and to have faith that He will look after us, like you and mom do. Tomorrow is another day and we should not live in the future, but think of today. If we know by faith that He will look after us, then our duty is to:
“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” St.Matthew, 6:33. Do you agree?
Wise one: (happily) “Well said, my daughter. You and your brother are truly wise. I am so proud of you!” Here, give me a hug. (Wise one hugs them both).
Junior: Let’s take a break, dad. Let us eat something and then a little later we can return to chat some more.
Kanya: Yes, dad. This is truly an inspirational subject. Let us eat. We will return later, to talk more about these wonderful maxims of our Lord. – Manatita. January, 18th, 2013