A normal part of your shadowing and shining will be giving generously to those in need. Resist the temptation to publicize these acts of kindness! Keep your allergy to religious performances in the forefront of your mind at these moments. Shun those hypocritical charity games – the ‘oh so holy’ church versions and the ‘oh so hip’ celebrity ones. Sure, they garner applause and good press, but that’s all they get. If your right hand is giving, your left should be none the wiser. You’re in to secret service – undercover, unrecorded. Unnoticed – except by Father, who won’t let himself be out-given.
Acquainted with grief.
Anointed with joy.
Unflinching in laying down his life as a ransom for a disoriented and drunk generation.
Tested and tried.
Abandoned and aggrieved.
Punished and pierced.
Risen and returning.
Look to him today.
in our lives isn’t: shielding us from disappointment.
He’s at work in every circumstance to conform us into the image of his Son.
On day 101 we deliberated about our daily practice. At the halfway point of the year I want to wonder about our weeks.
We believe in weeks. That somehow seven day periods are written in to this world.
So have a think about your weekly schedule. Does it house what is truly important to you, or are secondary matters becoming driving forces?
Two things the scriptures seem to consistently nudge us towards –
1 Resting. Is there a time in your week set apart for rest? For unplugging, recharging, renewing and relaxing. Sabbath was given for our benefit.
2 Gathering. For millennia the people of God have found immense value in getting together to call on his name, look at his text, sing his songs and participate in his meal on a week by week basis.
There may be others as well for you. Weekly doesn’t have the overwhelm of daily, but will make a huge difference to your discipleship. Practising hospitality. Fasting (food, media or other). A spend nothing day. An intentional discipling relationship (mentoring, prayer partnership etc). Creating something. A family tradition. The possibilities are endless.
Have a wonder. Prune one or two bits from the current weekly schedule. Put one thing on. Give it six months.
wasn’t a swim up bar.
The age to come won’t be either.
Be careful what you crave.
This week’s episode – Nathanael returns for episode 13 where we talk about the parable of the sower. Enjoy!
You can find the parable of the sower that we talk about here.
Question of the Episode – Why is this parable so key to Jesus’ teaching?
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Bang in the middle of the book of Acts with all the miracles, momentum and mass conversions, the men of God felt compelled to do a preaching tour.
The message they brought in city after city, night after night, in homes and outdoors, for all the disciples to hear, was this:
“Hold on tight. It’s through horrendous circumstances we enter the Kingdom of God.”
It steeled the listeners spines and put courage in their hearts.
We’re still in the book of Acts, and the message rings out:
“Hold on tight. It’s through horrendous circumstances you’ll enter the Kingdom of God.”
Take courage today.