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Monday, June 4, 2012

Synoptic Fellowship

Is success oftentimes a danger to our relationship with God? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 646).

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these....
Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” Matthew 19:14, 24-26 (NIV).

This morning is June 4. We are now into summer. I am much more likely to have a sense of gratitude in spring rather than summer. After the cold, dormant season of winter, I am grateful for the warmer days and fresh new life of spring. After a time my sense of gratitude seems to inevitably flag and wilt under the heat and stresses of summer. This reminds me of Jesus's comment about children in their springtime of life. Children have yet to amass the freight of a jaundiced attitude brought on by tired familiarity and complicated by stultifying status accretion or the lack thereof. Wonder has yet to be replaced by cynicism or despair, or contrarily by solidified ideology and stultifying entitlements supposedly earned entirely through our own efforts. As the rich can lack a generous spirit, so can others who are wealthy in many ways other than money. And the zinger is that the lack of wealth is certainly no guarantor of righteousness. It is difficult for the self-righteous, envious, and resentful (however rich or poor) to enter the kingdom of God. Sometimes I think we need a fifth season – a season filled with wonderment and anticipation like spring yet conditioned by the full light and greater heat of summer. It should also include some joy of the harvests of autumn and even a glimpse of death inherent in winter. The season since it would be synoptic would be called synopsis. Synopsis is in fact alive and well existing within the fellowship of believers.

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