Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

Consider the Lilies

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives us a simple task that is quite significant. Because this sermon is full of grand statements and challenging commands, we may overlook what might seem to be a minor imperative. While we concern ourselves with turning the other cheek and loving our enemies, we must not neglect the less familiar words of Jesus. In fact, the practice of noticing something small is at the heart of what Jesus says.
 
“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin.” (Matthew 6:28)
 
If we were to rank everything we are to do in the Sermon on the Mount in order of importance, consider the lilies would probably be near the bottom of most people’s lists. If we are going to make an impact on the world, then we believe we need to do something grand, but Jesus often asks us to do simple things. We are to wake up each day and consider the lilies of the field. Why? Because we can easily become distracted with worldly matters and live anxiously rather than peacefully. It is when we stop to consider the lilies that we remember that God is in control.
 
Too often, things in this world that are extraordinary become common. Buildings obscure our view of the sunset. The glimmer in a drop of dew is impossible to notice as we speedily walk by. We pass by flowers in a field at 70 mph. Sometimes we are so distracted by a screen to see a child right in front of us vying for our attention. Jesus commands us to stop and pay attention. Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin. Maybe we don’t stop because deep down we want to be in control. Maybe we falsely believe the world needs our contribution to keep going. Whatever it is, we are resisting the ways of Jesus when we refuse to stop and notice. We need to consider the lilies. We need to pause each day, look around, and be reminded that God has created an amazing world that we are blessed to be a part of, and he is in control of every inch of it. Glory to God in the highest!

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