Wasted Life

Wasted Life

The Golden Rule

Matthew 7:12 ‘All things, therefore, whatever you may will that men may be doing to you, so also do to them, for this is the law and the prophets.

This is what I call the Law of Collectivity – you love god- you love yourself-you love your neighbour (everything close by). The larger your love collective the closer you are to the ONE.

Definition of collectivity
1: the quality or state of being collective
2: a collective whole

collective – formed by collecting

What are you collecting in your life? Are you happy with your collection? Is your collection based on love or fear?

Here we have what I call the Tale of Two Gates:

Matthew 7:13 ‘Go you in through the strait{cramped, constricted} gate, because wide is the gate, and broad the way that is leading to the destruction, and many are those going in through it;
Matthew 7:14 how strait{cramped, constricted} is the gate, and compressed the way that is leading to the life, and few are those finding it!

strait στενός stenos sten-os’ ; narrow (from obstacles standing close about): – strait.

destruction ἀπώλεια apōleia ap-o’-li-a ; ruin or loss (physical, spiritual or eternal): – damnable (-nation), destruction, die, perdition, X perish, pernicious ways, waste.

This Greek word and other derivatives of it are typically used in the New Testament with a sense of of ruin, loss, or being lost. Loss can occur in many ways and take on many forms, but nothing is ever annihilated. A physical form may disappear; but the energy/spirit pattern moves on to take form later; in-form to out-of-form back to in-form… in a never ending cycle.

Luke 19:10 For the Son of man came to seek and save that which was lost.

that which was lost ἀπόλλυμι apollumi ap-ol’-loo-mee ; to destroy fully (reflexively to perish, or lose), literally or figuratively: – destroy, die, lose, mar, perish.

Destruction.—The word implies, not annihilation, but waste (Matthew_26:8; Mark_14:4), perdition, i.e. the loss of all that makes existence precious. I question whether a single passage can be adduced in which it means, in relation to material things, more than the breaking up of their outward form and beauty, or, in spiritual things, more than what may be described as the wretchedness of a wasted life (Plumptre).

A strait (very narrow) gate is what Jesus means to be seeking spirit.

Wide is the gate, and broad the way is what Jesus means to be seeking flesh.

A strait (very narrow) gate means you have to drop all the clutter of life to enter. This is very hard, takes a lot of practice, and few are willing to make the effort.

You must set aside the flesh by quieting the physical mind to get to the spirit.

You quiet the physical mind with still or moving meditation; things like Yoga, sustained conscious physical exercise, conscious awareness, conscious breathing, and many more.

Here are two mind pictures:

The flesh mind is like a lake or pond with a stiff breeze blowing and full of waves. We cannot see the reflection of the Cosmos on the surface while our self-centered thoughts clamor for our attention.

The spirit mind is like the same lake or pond at a still, calm moment. We have set our self-centered thoughts aside and we can now see the reflection of the Cosmos on the surface and commune with it.

Here is another look at the same theme as strait gate:

Matthew 6:6 “But when you* are praying, enter into your private room, and having shut your door, pray to your Father, the [One] in secret, and your Father, the [One] seeing in secret, will reward you in the open.

You have often heard that there is safety in numbers. There is only safety in the ONE. There is only ONE power and presence in the universe. I am just a small essence of that ONE; but I AM a part of ONE.

your private room ταμεῖον tameion tam-i’-on ; a dispensary or magazine, that is, a chamber on the ground floor or interior of an Oriental house (generally used for storage or privacy, a spot for retirement): – secret chamber, closet, storehouse.

secret κρυπτός kruptos kroop-tos’ ; concealed, that is, private: – hid (-den), inward [-ly], secret.

Judging Others

Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
Matthew 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
Matthew 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Matthew 7:4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
Matthew 7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

mote κάρφος karphos kar’-fos ; a dry twig or straw: – mote.

beam δοκός dokos dok-os’ ; a stick of timber: – beam.

How many times have you heard yourself or someone else say “boy that person needs a lot of help?” The truth is we all need a lot of help!

A solution that we propose to someone else that does not include that person’s ideas about what is best for them; is not a solution at all…only a judgement.

We can never even think about really helping others; until we fix ourselves.

Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

holy ἅγιος hagios hag’-ee-os ; sacred (physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated): – (most) holy (one, thing), saint.

pearls μαργαρίτης margaritēs mar-gar-ee’-tace ; a pearl: – pearl.

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Value

Matthew 13:45-46 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Matthew is using a simile to describe the kingdom of heaven…a pearl is a perfect simile because a fine pearl is a valuable treasure that needs no finishing by man. It comes to us complete and lustrous created by God through nature, as is the kingdom of heaven, which only God could create and perfect.

Luke 17:20-21 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of Elohim should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of Elohim cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here or, lo there for, behold, the kingdom of Elohim is within you.

Genesis 1:27 So Elohim created man in his own image, in the image of Elohim created he him; male and female created he them.

Matthew 6:9-10 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

The kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of Elohim are the image or spirit of Elohim that is at the center of your being.

That which is holy and your pearls refers to the image or spirit of Elohim that is at the center of our being. The dogs or swine refer to the flesh personified as a dog or swine. Both dogs and swine were unclean animals. The only varieties that would have been in a Jewish region would be feral and wild. Attacks by wild dogs and wild swine were well known.

This is the ultimate wasted life; using your spiritual energies only to fulfill the wild selfish desires of the flesh. If you pardon the pun; “they will only come back to bite you”.

Reflect on this:

Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.