Thursday, October 07, 2004

Being Comfortable is Suddenly Uncomfortable

It's a line that comes up regularly in conversations about money. In America, it even carries with it a sense of humility. Someone says, "I would love to have a large house on the lake." Someone else says, "I'd love to drive a Beemer." Then comes the line: "Well, I just want to be comfortable."

And I do too! But then this morning I read Luke's version of the Beatitudes (Luke 6), and once again Jesus' Kingdom principles turn me upside down. Jesus issues blessings and woes. One list contains those who are rich, well-fed, laughing, and well-spoken of. The other list contains those who are poor, hungry, weeping, hated, excluded and insulted. The 1st list sounds like the American dream. The 2nd list sounds like a loser.

Guess which one Jesus blesses and which one he issues woes to? You know, the more time I spend thinking about it, the more radical this Kingdom living gets. I just hope I can get it.


Josh Ross said...

You're right. It is so counter-cultural and counter-American.
As for you dad, I believe that you have been getting it for a while now. You have 3 kids that desparately want to be active in this kingdom. Through your preaching and ministry, you have touched literally THOUSANDS of people for the name of Jesus. Sometimes it might be hard to realize it, and some people might want to tell you otherwise, but you are an advocate of this Kingdom living. Continue to live and preach under the reign of God.

Anonymous said...

Amen, Josh! Rick Ross is a man who 'gets it'! Thank you for teaching me how to walk in and enjoy the kingdom of God! Bev Ross