I’ve got to be honest with you: when I read the scripture for today’s devotional, I couldn’t help but laugh. God, you sure do have a sense of humor. As writers, we sign up to write posts months in advance; for me, as procrastination often rears its ugly head, I don’t often get to working on a piece until a few days before it’s due. So when I finally pulled up Matthew 5:38-42 this morning, in which Jesus famously delivers an alternative suggestion to the old, ‘eye for eye, tooth for tooth’ argument, the Master’s sage words elicited a bit of a chuckle as well.
You see, our home was broken into a few weeks’ ago – and while the conversation topic is certainly not what humorous commentary is made of, we’ve come face to face with (an albeit unknown) evil person, right alongside questions of ownership and possessions, wealth and generosity. In that way, I can’t help but think that Christ’s words are but for me today.
Because the Kingdom of God is not what we want or expect it to be – mainly because He isn’t who we oftentimes want or expect Him to be. His is a reversed and upside-down economy, in which we accept and embrace that He changed and is changing and will change our lives and our hearts for the better, for His better.
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