Shadowing me? You will find yourself shining. It’s who you are now. Bright on the inside, bringing light to the outside. It would be easier to cover up London or Paris or New York than do away with God’s revolution. So resist the temptation to hide – even when the darkness is pushing back. The good stuff you’re doing enables other people to see what is really going on. They see the benefits of this new system you’re under. And when they see this reality they start not only recognising how good God’s leadership is – but actually crediting him for it.
For those connected to Jesus and growing in Him it’s going to increasingly look like this:
A sacrificial laying down of their own desires in order to benefit and serve others;
Doing this happily and with humour, anchored by a profound depth of peace.
Continuing to live like this over the long haul in the face of suffering and severe setbacks. Consistently acting for the good of others;
Constantly holding on to hope, leaning on Gods faithfulness and trusting for his breakthrough;
Interacting gently with those around them.
Unswervingly, consistently, and reliably laying down their lives for the blessing of others.
Don’t know about you but I’ve got a heck of a long way to go.
As ever, the application is not ‘socks rolled up’ but ‘roots dug down’.
Today again, the call rings out, ‘Time to abide‘
Two questions you’ll naturally be drawn to churn over yet again today:
How will we be satisfied?
How will we be seen?
It’s the inward ‘what will make us happy?’, and the outward ‘what will everybody think?’
Left unchecked, our lives are driven by these angsts. They shove us away from the present. Pushing us into both managing the narrative of the past (that threatens how we’re seen) and focusing on the carrots in the future (which promise to satisfy).
Jesus gives his followers a very clear, simple and direct instruction about this ongoing mental treadmill:
“Stop running on it.”
Replace it with another search.
The Kingdom of God.
How will it be served? How will it be seen?
Amazingly, there’s not just a Kingdom, but also a Father. A father who’ll feed you, and frame you, as you follow this greater pursuit.
So, today. Right now, this moment. Where’s the Kingdom of God?
That which we cling on to so desperately – relationships, reputation, health, children, job, accommodation, fun, success, money, legacy, even the very beating of our heart – is, in reality, beyond the strength of our arms to hold. Though not immune from our influence, they ultimately lie outside our control. No one can honestly guarantee them for you through even today.
We do though have some things that no one can steal from us. Things no flood can wash away, no terrorist destroy, no war rip apart, no government restrict. Your dreams, your generosity of spirit, your integrity, your walk with your God. No enemy can rob you of these things. No circumstance can force them from us. Only we can lose them, misplace them or foolishly exchange them. Ours to cherish or despise, to cultivate or corrupt. They are firmly within our grasp.
So sure continue to water your plants, work hard, enjoy life, give your heart fully to those that you love, but do heed the message of the prophets that continues to sound:
“Don’t lose that which cannot be stolen.”
“What good is it to gain the whole world, yet forfeit your soul? What can you give in exchange for your soul?”
And if you fear that your “unstealable” has already been lost, left to one side for too long, or deemed ruined beyond repair – if you have breath in your lungs then it’s not too late. There is a guy I know, Jewish, carpenter by trade. He specialises in difficult restorations. He works, and he whispers:
“Have a look! I make all things new.”
Praying unexplainable peace, gritty hope, genuine love and ridiculous joy for everyone I know today.
In this episode we talk about pushing the gospel down into every day life, why we aren’t currently employed by a church and Nathanael’s desire for fame…
We jumped off from Romans 12:1-2- “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Question of the episode – Where are we wrong?
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Or our relationship with Him.
After Eden, at times, there is no third option. .
It’s holding his hand with a broken heart.
Or hardening our heart to a broken relationship with Him.
The broken heart is excruciating, but there is one who will bind it up.