Maximum Living

Dear Friends,

The gospels record a number of questions asked by Jesus.  One of those questions we find in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:47a):  “And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others?”  In that section, Jesus is calling his disciples to a higher level of living:  “what more are you doing than others?”  Jesus calls us to maximum living.  The question in maximum living is NOT “How little can I get by with?”  That’s minimum living.  The question in maximum living is “How much can I do in response to what God has done for me?”

William Arthur Ward wrote the following to emphasize our call to go beyond the minimum:

I will do more than belong—I will participate.

I will do more than believe—I will practice.

I will do more than care—I will help.

I will do more than be fair—I will be kind.

I will do more than forgive—I will forget.

I will do more than dream—I will work.

I will do more than teach—I will inspire.

I will do more than earn—I will enrich.

I will do more than give—I will serve.

I will do more than live—I will grow.

I will do more than be friendly—I will be a friend.

Sunday, we’ll be looking at this call of Jesus to maximum living.  It is my prayer for us that we find ways of going beyond the minimum and living life to the maximum!

Grace and Peace,

Tim Signature - Tim only

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