Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Call.3

Why do you call me good, unless you believe I am God? You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery; Do not kill; Do not steal; Do not bear false witness; Honor your father and your mother. Doing this, you will have treasures in heaven. And yet, you fall short by honoring me with your words alone, and not using everything -- your wealth, your possessions, and your life -- to help those in need.
--Jesus

The Lord cared neither for isolated truth nor for orphaned deed.
It was truth in the inward parts, it was the good heart, the mother of good deeds, he cherished. 
It was the live, active, knowing, breathing good he came to further. He cared for no speculation in morals or religion. 
It was good men he cared about, not notions of good things, or even good actions, save as the outcome of life, save as the bodies in which the primary live actions of love and will in the soul took shape and came forth.
Could he by one word have set at rest all the questionings of philosophy as to the supreme good and the absolute truth, I venture to say that word he would not have uttered. 
But he would die to make men good and true.  
His whole heart would respond to the cry of sad publican or despairing pharisee:
 'How am I to be good?'

(MacDonald, Unspoken Sermons II, The Way)