So here is something that is noticeable in a 20 something’s lifestyle. We are thrill seeking, quick-high hunters. We don’t want to wait it out for much. That is not going to work too well if we’re looking to please God.
Like when someone explained to me, it took Noah more than 5 minutes to build the ark I thought: “Wow, that’s commitment!“. Its challenged me on faithfulness, commitment and seeking His will and not my own. Its corrected my thinking of serving Christ. it seems there is a lesser need to be in China and a greater need to remain faithful in my day to day life with Him.
“The immediate robs you of the everlasting” is how Francis Chan puts it.
May we learn to persist in the mundane and see the privilege in becoming more like Jesus through what might seem painfully boring, dull and tough. In the trials, tribulations and temptation may we seek Him and may we delight in the disciplines of repetitive Godly living.
The elders from church tell me “after you have walked for this many years you will (insert wise advice here)” . Jesus knows my heart and its on fire. Sometimes I am so taken by the fact that I am loved by God, that I lock myself out the flat or miss lunch. It might just be that I’m a bit scatter brained? Either way, I think its similar to when you start dating someone you don’t deserve.
The 20 minute walk is a salute to the new in Christ. I get what you’re doing, because I’m on about 7 minutes of my walk. You’re so excited, semi – burnt out from involvement, confused some moments and lost in awe in others. Love takes on its right meaning, its starting to all makes sense and you can’t quite understand how you ever thought anything else was particularly fun or fulfilling. You’re trying to take in as much as you can as fast as you can because its.just.unreal.
Don’t get me started on the answer to prayers and spiritual gifts. I could dedicate around nine posts to prayer in my life over the last year alone. We literally are allowed to communicate with God ALMIGHTY! He lives in me and we get to talk. I know this truth and its just insane! Try it. try talking to God. Its something you have to do for yourself.
People worshiping for hours finally makes you excited. Things just make sense. Your hairstyle, peoples attitudes, why you ate tuna salad for lunch. It just makes sense! Amen and thank you Jesus for what you have done.
In His love we are. Outside His love we are dead.
one of my part time jobs is to music hunt. its a gift and a curse. its a love and a hate.
that said, I have found a bunch of guys called “The revivalists”, who are a New orleans based band. gripping lyrics, soul-fueled thinking and some blogging humour on their website make them an interesting listen.
they also made me think of an idea on moving from ectothermic to endothermic. in that, before jesus we are incapable of being endotherms. we’re cold blooded critters grabbing at anything that can give us the love we so desperately are designed for.
soul fight – track from an older album
find their stuff on soundcloud and read some info on their website
13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
You’re in a house and about to have dinner. Love sits at the head of the dining room table and is joined by the spiritual gifts around that same table. Its like a supper club of Gods blessings, with Love at the head. When Love leaves the dining room table to step outside and take a phone call, chaos ensues around the table. Nobody kindly passes the salt and pepper but everyone grabs it. Prophesy stands up and becomes proud, tongues becomes chaotic and faith insists on his way.
The dinner table becomes a space where nobody is showing Christ, albeit all are reflecting some part of what Christ gives us. There is separation although everyone is standing in the same room. Finally when Love comes back inside and sees the disorder and chaos, He takes His seat and He is not angry at the disorder. He doesn’t hold the chaos against those seated at the table, but perseveres with the dinner by offering to break bread for the table. He passes the salt and pepper and asks his dinner companions how they are and how their day was. In Love being Love, prophesy, tongues and faith realise their own guilt in selfishness and recognize that dinner is far more enjoyable when Love is around.