The meaning of life unpacked.

The meaning of life is found in its contradiction.  If reality were symbolic of trees, then it is too close to our eyes to see the forest of God’s sovereignity.  This is one of the reasons why faith comes by hearing.  The Passion of Jesus resulting in His death on the cross unexpectedly set the sinner free.  The visible and invisible realities of life seem bound by the tenets of physics proving that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.  Therefore be judged or loved as you judge or love.   Does this challenge the Christian promise if Calvary wipes us clean from the opposite and equal reaction deserving of  the consequence of our sin?  No – it overwhelms it!  However, it does challenge our definition of Christian discipleship. The very gift of life reflects the physics involved as we react and respond to romancing a divine will that equally decreases our reaction to our own selfish desires.   The abundant life is a gradual awareness of wills that draws us closer to God’s beatific vision for our time spent here on earth.  This Kindgom at hand is both our heightened recognition of Our Triune’s omnipresence and Kingdom building as it is joining hearts in community building. The physics of loving God and then loving neighbor are inseparable.  For we become closer to the very love filling the Creator’s soul when we come together in fellowship instead of dividing by our theologies.  Community coagulates in the life-blood of forgiveness.  We begin to love God in Truth and Spirit when we care enough to realize what breaks His heart.  Take the time to ponder what breaks the sacred heart of divine love.  We learn to love as neighbors when we help unload the distractive burdens that tend to isolate others from what society calls mainstream. Without the gift of forgiveness and understanding its insertion into human history, unloading the weight of regret would be impossible. Community includes all; from the well-heeled to dirty feet. Community is born when we serve and wash the feet of another’s need like Our Master did.  If divine physics holds true, then we all must help each other unpack as a community to receive the abundant Grace God is willing to offer – for naked we entered this world and naked we leave it.  As much as life is a crucible of growing loyalty and humbling gratitude for the redemptive merits earned by Christ for our sake, Our Father’s unwavering faithfulness and the Holy Spirit’s jealous love of divine will, we are to also bankrupt ourselves of all types of rebellion that attempt to hide our nakedness.  This is not earning salvation, this is our altar call to the Beatitudes.  Paradoxically, the priceless pearl found in the Beatitudes is that the darkness of one’s reality is promised the triumphant light of God.  The poor in spirit, the meek, those who mourn and seek justice, the merciful, the clean of heart, the peacemakers, and the suffering live the contradiction of abundant life by this triumphant light that shines through their faith.  These are the marginalized that draw the girded faithful with a basin and water in holy service. Transformation is as much a personal work in progress as it is a community one.  For it is the miracle of transformation which changes our core perspective into one newly aware of God’s perfect will for our lives.  I believe St. Peter’s rebirth truly took place not when he proclaimed, “Thou art the Christ,” (Matthew 16:16) but when he grieved to answer a third time and say, “You know that I love you,” (John 21:17). It was only after  St. Peter’s third confession in which Jesus helped him unpack the guilt of his third denial of his Savior to further encourage him to feed His sheep. This transformative miracle is a legacy that is humanity’s heirloom of hope passed from one generation to the next.  Not only does God choose to work through the lowly, He allows us to mysteriously participate in His redemptive plan.  Although this participation is not earning salvation in regards of self-accomplishing the incorruptible merit of Christ’s salvific work at Calvary, it is, however, the gift of free will acting undeniably as a causative agent in determining the home for our soul.  I believe the free will that chooses or allows to unpack, not only experiences the abundant hope due to God’s omnipresent Grace, but also chooses to be saved.  Even the thief on the cross chose to be saved – he chose to unpack.  

What’s your take on the meaning of life’s contradiction?

Have you experienced or helped another unpack their burden at the cross?

Please help me define how discipleship should respond in light of the radical love   displayed by Jesus.

His Peace,

Chris

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4 thoughts on “The meaning of life unpacked.

  1. The message of Calvary is so simple, when Jesus said, “It is finished!” & then died, only to rise 3 days later to conquer sin & death. There are so many things on this earth that we are responsible for & must do, that I think it is only normal for so many of us to believe that there is something we must ‘do,’ in addition to our Savior’s finished work at Calvary, to ‘earn’ our salvation. However, if that were true, then Christ died needlessly. However, as the Apostle Paul tells us, that if are ‘truly’ His, then we will not continue to live as a slave to sin, but rather a slave to Christ, otherwise, as the Apostle John tells us, we were never truly His to begin with (1 John 2:19). Even the Apostle Peter, one of the living rocks of the early church, showed his unstable faith when he denied his Lord 3 times, just like an unstable, moveable stone, which Jesus seemed to wash each denial away with each of His 3 questions to Peter. Just as the rest of the early Church, the Apostle Peter’s ‘second birth’ occured at Pentecost, when he was not only born of the Living Water of Jesus, but also when he was born of the fire of the Holy Spirit, which is available to EVERYONE when our Lord knocks on our door, & we decide to open it & receive the Holy Spirit & Jesus into our hearts. It is hard for me to fathom why anyone would not want this free gift of salvation, which is only available by looking to Calvary. At times, I get so ‘on fire’ to spread this good news of salvation to others, it is sometimes difficult to be like the Apostle Peter, & ‘make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence’ (1 Peter 3:15). What a wonderful promise! What a wonderful Savior! Amen!

    On the Victor’s side, in Christ,
    Steve.

  2. Thanks for your passionate voice Steve. As for “helping” Christ in our own salvation we all can agree
    … that is impossible. It is a glorious no-brainer to say once and for all we are “saved” by Grace. In keeping to the point of this blog I am asking what is our response even though it cannot be equal and opposite! As that little word “do” or “works” separate communities of Christian theologies, I propose it is a semantic bridge rather than a “wall” that divides the faithful. Our response goads our free will, the very gift God infused in us. Free will is the engien driving the action of the scary word “do” or “works”. I am driven (sometimes mad…)by the scripture in Revelation when Christ denies “knowing” those crying “lord,Lord” despite the wonderful “works” they did in His Name. I think it is a shallow apologetic to say “Oh yeah, they weren’t saved.” Something “disqualified” the many that proclaim the Lord’s name even resulting in miracles. On the other hand, if we are ashamed to proclaim that Jesus is Lord and Savior then He will deny knowing us before the angels and His Father. So are we between The Rock and a hard place? I do know that if we eat His body and drink His blood we find scriptural security in proclaiming Him Lord and Savior and maybe some wiggle room. But this blog asks the question what is “obedience” and our response in growing into disciples? What is the value of repentance? Why are Christians led to “works” of prayer, fasting and confessing the sorrows of their sins? As a Christian becomes enlightened to the un-payable debt offered by Christ what is our “working” response to St. Matthew’s plea to care for the orphans and widows. Remember, if we all understand this Grace that is accountable only to Christ then what is our cost (ala Bonhoeffer) for Christ. My life’s goal is to be “known” by Jesus.

    I encourage all perspectives since I don’t have all the answers. Certainly corrections or full expansion of our theologies will find rest in Heaven. I also promote hearing from everyone in their own words so to avoid the onslaught of a cut and paste apologetic parade. 🙂

  3. For ALL or For Many?

    I believe we do have a choice to participate in his redemptive plan. Do we want to be loved unconditionally? Then choose it.

    Was Calvary for “all” or for “many”? This fall as the words of the liturgy change from “all” to “many” allowing us to clearly see what was taught in Matthew 5: 33-37 (same chapter as the Beatitudes, in fact right after it) “let your yes be a yes and your no a no.” Clearly we have a choice to be with the “many” and not with those who do not accept Him into their lives and their hearts, unconditionally. Therefore as you said, be loved as you love.

  4. Thank you for your witness Brady. Maybe I should save my next question for another blog…nah. Participation in a redemptive plan is, to me, an overwhelming concept. Why a God chooses to work through His fallen creation is an obscure seed of (mis)understanding that leads to different Christian expressions. That is, how large or small is our role. Again, this does not and cannot take away from the superhuman merits Christ accomplished at Calvary, it , I believe, relates to the “even greater things” we could perform in His name as promised by Christ himself. Let’s take the very real need and release of prayer.
    Do you think prayer can possess redemptive qualities?

    What are redemptive qualities anyway??? Or is prayer only exist in a box for worship and the needs of our petitions?

    Why does Jesus pray for us and how does His prayer affect us?

    Mystery has many questions. I pray…. that intercesory prayer is real for the many people on my mental list in great need of great movements of the Holy Spirit.
    Paz,
    Chris

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