Last week, we made the outrageous claim that God's judgment is a good thing. Who knew? This week, we go further by asking how we can invite this judgment upon ourselves. Not only are we claiming to want God's good judgment, now we're paying a pretty steep price to get it.
Ps. 98 says the the judgment of God is a good thing. Go figure! How could coming up short, and then hearing about it from God be good? In this lesson, we see that we've really misunderstood the whole idea of "the judgment of God." It's a gift, it's a treasure, and it's something our natural human experience yearns for and needs. Really! Trust me!
We continue thinking about what we can learn from Jesus' story of the Good Samaritan, and his cryptic remarks about "eternal life." What is eternal life? How does one access it? Turns out, it has very little to do with the afterlife as so many assume.
In the last lesson, we looked at "the suffocating power of stuff." An extension of the same thinking that went into that lesson applies to this one. In this lesson we look at how we orient ourselves to life by looking through the lens of what's good for me, what's going to work for me. We find that counter-intuitively, this way of thinking leads us into a prison for the soul. Jesus' teaching seems always to be working toward our freedom.