This post is not about me telling you how to live your Christian life—no. This post is about the way my culture molded and framed my idea of a successful life as a Christian and how the Lord is now shifting & adding weight to those views.
“You shall therefore love the LORD your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always.” Deuteronomy 11:1
What is His charge? His statutes, His rules, His commandments?
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” – Matthew 22:36-40
“See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing..” – 1 Thessalonians 5:15-17
Always, without ceasing.
Words & phrases like that roll off the tongue swiftly, I find. But living it out…always…without ceasing? Yeah, that’s where it gets sticky.
I was created to keep His commandments always: love Him with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength; love another as I want to be loved; rejoice & pray.
“Are you implying that one can never have a laugh, goof off, or just have a good time?” No, not at all. However, I’m definitely saying certain cultures(myself included) have become much too comfortable with the implications of salvation.
We’re on the clock. We have a job to do, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy life (ps 35:27) — that’s not the point. God doesn’t want us to begrudgingly submit to Him — quite the opposite! (But that’s another blog post..)
The point is that we have been chosen & raised to life by the Father to join in on what He’s doing in this world.
“for I find my delight in your commandments, which I love”. – Psalm 119:47
I’ve been learning a lot, but not how most people my age do. Before embarking on my European excursion, the Lord kept putting the word “learn” in my head. And man, oh man, has He thrown a lot of things I didn’t know that I didn’t know in my journey!
He has also brought total affirmation to one thing in particular by the support of my brothers & sisters here, and that is: the Holy Spirit is on the move, all the time, never taking a break.
I’m learning now that I personally grew up thinking “I’ll pray for that, but not yet”, assuming there was a more significant day to bring things to the Lord, and that on a mundane Wednesday afternoon, crazy things couldn’t happen.
But it wouldn’t make sense, if that were true, that anything could happen at any time? The best part is that it isn’t true!
I am not saying that planning and setting aside a time of the day to spend with the Lord is of the devil—of course not! There is wisdom in thinking ahead because humans get distracted.
But, there is definitely something to be said for letting go of “this great thing will happen, but not yet” and living on the edge. Freedom, that’s the edge I’m talking about. The edge of “God, I feel like this is random and I don’t know what’s gonna happen, but You say You’ve got this, so… Here!” And He always is there.
Believing that God has the power to do whatever He pleases, whenever He pleases is the most freeing thing ever.
Again, real easy to say, and real hard to live out. (Can I get an amen!?)
Today a friend and I toured around Berlin, enjoyed some tasty treats in two coffee shops, and stood in awe of a cathedral located amongst other monuments. On train rides, walks, and more train rides, I saw, over and over again, many people who looked like all they wanted was hope.
I realize there are tons of people in my home town who are in the same need of that hope, but it is helpful to get out of my comfort zone of “home” and forcefully have my eyes opened—wide.
Berlin is an ecclectic place filled with people who need the love of God.
So many people now fleeing to this land for shelter—talk about redemption.
Would you pray for the Syrian refugees?
That the Lord would bring dead bones to life?
That missionaries here would be empowered by the Holy Spirit to do the work set before them; for bravery & humility?
That Satan would have no room to distract anyone from learning of salvation and the life and freedom in Christ?
Please pray revival over this nation because our God is far more than able!