The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 47
And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”
–Mark 4:24-25 (ESV)
The present moment is always full of infinite treasure. It holds more than you have the capacity to receive. Faith is the measure. You will find, in each moment, as much as you have faith for.
–Jean Pierre de Caussade
You must enter the present moment faith first. That is, you must evaluate the present moment by faith before your critical mind has a chance to do so. Faith will see value that your mind will miss. In fact, faith has already decided on the spiritual greatness of the here and now, that it is a miracle, a tiny moment packed with awe and wonder, waiting to be revealed.
Were not the parables of Jesus simple stories filled and overflowing with life-changing spiritual truths? But how many of his hearers heard them that way? Most of Jesus’s listeners, and even his close disciples, failed to properly measure his words. That is, they did not receive them with faith first. Thus the warning of Mark 4:24-25 (quoted above).
We often take the same misguided approach. We seek first to understand with the mind, trusting that the mind with then give faith something to hold on to. The problem is that the mind misses the infinite treasure—in the teachings of Jesus, in the rest of the Scriptures, and in the present moment as well. This is a tragedy for the mind; it would have so much more to work with if it would make room for faith. If faith is given the opportunity to measure the value of the present moment, the mind will be more productive, and engaged in more fulfilling work.
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