Saturday, April 28, 2007

Put On Your God Goggles

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can.
Sydney Smith

Some of us will never be famous. Many of us will never reach the masses, or be emulated for our words. If this is what we aspire, it is a forced situation, it is a fake. No, we must remain humble and do our part in our little piece, our little bit of world. What can we do, in our world, to make it a little better?

Matthew 9:9-12

As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector's booth. "Follow me," he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners? On hearing this, Jesus said, "It's not the healthy who need a doctor but the sick. But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice. ' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

The word "Healthy," is used. Today, we use this word to describe the physically fit, the beautiful people, who eat Granola and jog and on and on. But if the truth were known, they may be, what appears to be healthy but are they really? You can be a paraplegic, amputee, AIDS victim, whatever and be healthy. Take apart the word healthy and you see the word, "Heal". Christ/Yeshua is the only one who can make us healthy. While our bodies may be broken, we may still be "Christ Healthy".
Often times, the, what I will call, "Worldly healthy," are not healthy at all. They work on the shell, that body which will die and perish, turn to dust. While I see nothing wrong with trying to maintain your weight and eat right, exercise and so on, the important thing is your Spiritual growth, you spiritual heath. Are you Christ Healthy?

I think this Christ Healthy comes from our exercise in the word, repentance and prayer. Likened to someone in the gym who lifts hundreds of pounds, we have become really Christ healthy, when we stop praying for ourselves, groping for our own wants, when he gives us all we need, notice the difference, "what we need."

We are lifting the heaviest weight, when we pray for others and reach out to those that are truly in need. In the Bible, the words Charity and Love are synonymous. They mean the same thing and they need to be utilized in the same way. If you love freely, your fellow man, you become charitable. Everyone says, they love their fellow man but if the truth were known, they often love what is convenient and do not choose to see people with "God Goggles" on?

God Goggles are seeing people as God sees them. Only God can see them as they really are but if we attempt to see them through these goggles and afford them a charitable heart, we will see them, view them in a different manner.

In the scripture, Matthew 9:9-12, the people are questioning Jesus and his approach to life and lesson. They just couldn't catch the concept that he was the
Great Physician. A Doctor who only treated healthy patients would be a fool and a fake. They couldn't understand his approach to the sinner, when they were the ones that needed him most. The Pharisees were so high and mighty, they'd lost touch with reality and looked down their noses at these, "Low Life's." Their air of superiority shows just how "Unhealthy," they really were. We still see this today, don't we?

No one needs love more than someone who doesn't deserve it

In our religious fight, to be right, "our translation is the best and only way", we omitted the most valuable, the most elementary approach, the rudementary teachings of Christ/Yeshua;

I'm not speaking about tithing or giving to your favorite charity, which is a good thing. But if your heart is not charitable it is an exercise in futility, it really means nothing. It is likened to a man who prays on his mat, at midnight, observes all the Feasts and the Sabbath, goes to church/synagogue/mosque, knows all the Scripture and reads his Bible religiously. He leaves church and looks down upon all those around him. He has that holier than thou attitude and passes judgment upon all those around him. It's so easy to pass judgment and walk away. He does not have a charitable heart and he is one and the same with the Pharisees.

Christ did not visit the Country Clubs nor did he dine at the best Restaurants. He ate with the sinners and tax collectors, He walked with the prostitutes, the dereliction of society, amongst the sick and infirm. I can imagine it was not pleasant but he did not run because it was uncomfortable. Was He wearing God Goggles? I do believe he was wearing "GG" designer glasses and he chose to see these people as children of His heavenly Father. They were and are, the children of God and should be treated in this manner.

So, what can we do or how can we apply this, to todays world, in our society today?
We can start with our own Spiritual health. We must look in the mirror and ask ourselves if we have had a charitable heart? Do we behave as the Pharisees and look down upon the less fortunate? Can we put on those GG glasses and begin to see people in a more charitable way? Can we see them and try to understand what brought them to this point in their lives, a point you do not understand. Can you try to understand it and them? Will you ask for understanding and pray for those people you would normally look down upon?
If we spend our time in prayer, for those things and those people that we do not understand, we would begin to become Healthy. The next time you look at someone in disdain, take note. Instead of passing judgment, pass prayer, let it cross your lips and your heart. For what you do not approve of, lifestyle, behavior; Pray for them. For what you do not understand, lifestyle behavior; Pray.

I do not approve of all that I see and hear, in this day and age. Some of it may truly confuse and upset me. It may even anger me. Anger kills, it is an evil and damaging entity. I have to pray for wisdom and understanding. I have to pray for empathy and patience. I have to not judge but try to understand, put it into perspective and when I can't do that, I must pray instead of judging. I'll leave the judgment for the Master and simply try to have a charitable heart and put those God Goggles back on.

We must live today the way you will wish you had lived, when you stand in judgment before God.

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