“God Prospers Those Who Live Under His Reign”
8th Sunday In Kingdomtide
Amos 5:6-7, 10-15
To start our meditation, let me share with you a story about the three blind men who stood beside a large object describing it to one another by touching it. The first one said, “It is long and slender.” The second one said, “No, it is short and thick.” Then finally the third one said, “You are both wrong, it is small and fluffy.” Can you guess what they touched? They touched an elephant. The first man touched its trunk, the second man touched a leg and the last one touched the tail. Yes, they touched the same living object, but they had different descriptions, for what they touched were the body parts of an elephant. This illustration reminds us that many times, we think that we are the only person who is right and that others are wrong, not realizing that we all have limited perspectives and subjective experiences in life. In a spiritual sense, we can also be blinded by many truths no matter how knowledgeable we are and how faithful we are in doing our service for the Lord. For instance, when we talk about heaven or our final dwelling place, many people claim that the way to heaven is an easy path, and that the only requirement is to die and all the good things you did will bring you there. Is that belief biblical? It contradicts what the Word of God says that it is not a wide path, but a narrow one. One could claim that he knew Jesus well and have met Him, but only to find out at the end that Jesus never knew him. Indeed, there is no way to go to heaven except the way God has provided for us and that is through Jesus Christ alone.