Saturday, July 28, 2012

No Residues

       A simple life, with only one lifelong principle: Be the blessing to others. No other clutter.
       No extra baggage from the past. No toxic emotions. No injury from those who curse. No hurt from those who reject. No insult from those who ignore. No heartbreaks from betrayal. Even, no doubts from unfulfilled needs. No fear of terminal dangers. Absolutely, no emotional residues. Just be the blessing to others. God takes care of the residues.
       All this was compressed and packed into those verses, which land-marked the call of Abraham (Genesis 12: 2-3):
I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.
       Parallel to this Abrahamic call, the Mishnaic Rabbis in their ethical directives declare:
Do His will as if it were your own, so that He will do His will as it were yours. Nullify your own will before His so that he will nullify the will of others before you. ― Pirkei Avot 2: 4
       Isn't this exactly what Jesus said (Matthew 5: 13 - 16) - calling us to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world ? Salt retards decay, but it loses itself and cannot be seen. A candle dispels darkness, but it loses itself. Therefore, just be a blessing to the others. Follow God single-mindedly. Move on. Carry no residues. Be professional. Complete tasks. Celebrate. Stay uncluttered and unfettered. It simply means, nobody owes me anything but I am responsible to all.
       A single principle and a simple life. Nothing more. Nothing less. Nothing else.


Pops said...

Genesis 12: 2-3! The more I meditate on these verses, the more amazed I am!

Thank you dear Pastor for expounding these verses in a simple yet profound manner-makes it easier for us to remember and to follow in our day-to-day life.

Daisy said...

Great principle!The basis of Christianity is forgetting ourselves to serve others , in love.