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March 5, 2016.  In the Scriptures we read, “Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.”

** knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions **

Powerful institutionalized religious systems and those of us who follow after them instead of following after Jesus seem to know little of this reality.

The writer isn’t talking about an abstract concept, some kind of positional theology, or some far off idea about going to heaven when we die. These followers actually possessed something tangible, something better, something lasting, something just as real as any property that was forcefully taken from them.

If I had something that real, that good, that life giving, I wouldn’t advocate for the destruction of my enemy. Instead I’d pity him as I feasted at a table right in front of him. I wouldn’t seek to prevent the foreigner from entering my lands because I was afraid of losing something. Instead I’d welcome him in and share both my non-lasting possessions and the lasting ones. I wouldn’t try to become Rome so I could confiscate goods from the “greedy” citizens in order to spread them around appropriately. Instead I’d speak to power and stand alongside those who were abused by it.

Only something **real** has this kind of life giving power. Papa, show me what is real today that I may live in it and from it.

 

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