The world would say: It’s all about a “Life Well-Lived” isn’t it?
We want to be thought of well in the hearts and minds of those left behind… to have people reflect and speak highly of your character.
One of Socrates’ most famous proclamations, is found in Apology 38a. He was just condemned to death for sharing his views, stirring up people. He tells the jury that he could never have kept silent, because “the unexamined life is not worth living”. A life without challenge, without holding to philosophies, standing for what one believes, seeing reward and failure, a life without ever having lived… is not worth living.
We run into the darkness of addiction, guilt, hatred, division, unforgiveness and disobedience, rejecting a well lived life as we trade death as life, every day. Substituting suffering, sickness and shame, in and through gossip and complaining, rather than the gospel – bringing others into our pity party… after all misery loves company. Jesus offered a life of freedom from sin, a life of liberty, a life of sonship not slavery. However, you and I indifferent to the Sanhedrin: We continually arrest, torture and kill Jesus, by accepting Him and then rejecting Him, living a life unchanged, shackled to sin. The difference between the priests and us is, they only did it once.
If we open our heart and our eyes we can see ourselves in the parable of the tenants, found in Matthew 21. We are but workers in the master’s fields, share croppers… living from his mercy and provision… knowing he will return and want his share of the yield, we refuse him. When it is time for our payment to be made in return for this “well lived life” – we beat, torture and kill his messengers, over and over again, until we finally kill his son. [even especially, those who call themselves ‘Christians’]
The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was created by him, but the world did not recognize him. He came to what was his own, but his own people did not receive him. – John 1:9-11 NET
In Jesus’ own words he says that He is the cornerstone and that He will reward those who live for Him, today and forever more. If your wish is to have a “Life Well-Lived” or to be thought of fondly when you leave this world for the next, then I shall challenge you to “Truly Live – Live for Christ” – Loving God and Loving People.
“The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone… I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit” – Matthew 21:42-44 (emphasis)
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