Luke 10;27 27 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)
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The insistence that comes in the name of God invites us to all that is good and just, nudges us, beckons us, calls to us until we find the passion to walk the Way with integrity. That Way attends to the wisdom of Yeshua as a guide and levels the playing field so that we participate in a vital faith that seeks out the least, the lost, the last, and the left out. That insistence marshalls the forces of our strengths and calls us to use gifts that we never knew we had or that we have been afraid to exercise. Above all, our responses to that insistent calling will arise out of purity of heart which is, as Kierkegaard said, conforming our will to the truth that resonates with audacious act of kenosis (self-giving) by God and Yeshua – so that we might give away our very selves for the sake of the world. Let it be so!
May all the grace that comes in the name of God (perhaps) insist good from us in such a manner that all our desires are shaped by love. May the calling that we hear turn the motivations of our hearts up-side-down so that we may walk in the Way of Yeshua, which is that new creation that turns our priorities in-side-out so that we level the playing field as we invite and are inviting by the least, the last, the lost, and the left out into a divine (and very human) partnership. All this we dare to insist as we walk in the Way of Yeshua, whom we experience as the Anointed of God. Perhaps.
We have been knit together in the womb of insistence in the name of God. Perhaps. There we have found mercy, being born anew as brothers and sisters of Yeshua. May the tapestry of our lives be reflective of the audacity of God’s kenosis — a pattern that empties everything into a humanity textured by a concern for others, colored by response to an unheard calling in the name of God. Perhaps.