The Wisdom to Choose Abundant Life

‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adultery.” But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell.

‘It was also said, “Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.” But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Matthew 5:27-32

What does it mean to be a committed fan? Not a fair-weather fan but a tried-and-true fan? As you form your picture, let me offer three observations about the nature of fandom. Being a fan is sometimes difficult, an act of imagination and hope, and a matter of the heart – formed by habits, history, and community.

I hope this image of a fan can reveal some truths about God’s call for us in our commitments to spouse, neighbor, family, and church. These commitments are sometime difficult and, as Jesus’ graphic example reminds us, may cost us something. These commitments spring from hope and seek the best for others. Lastly, honoring these commitments goes beyond outside observation but instead requires a heart formed through practice over time and directed by the wisdom of God.

God, thank you for offering us abundant and eternal life. Give us wisdom so that we may choose abundant life and live for your glory and the good of our neighbor.

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