Oh, what a God we serve!
During the last several months of the internship, one of the most important things that I’ve recognized is how good our God is. Additionally, He’s shown me that the life of obedience that He calls His followers to is always for our good and our flourishing. Always.
This revelation has been surfacing in many ways this year, but became most apparent in our walk through Celebration of Disciplines by Richard Foster. All of the disciplines laid out in this book (and the various others not mentioned) are for our good, our thriving, and His glory. Yet, we find them so challenging. They are disciplines, after all, which means it takes time and patience as we work them out. But why?
I’m realizing that a lot of the Christian journey seems to be unlearning so much of the toxic/sinful things this world has taught us. Chad mentioned this in his sermon on Sabbath in the “Rooted” series. He talked about the similarities between the Israelites unlearning slave instincts and we, as followers of Christ, doing the same. The question I have been asking myself since this sermon is, “What are free people instincts?” This is where more Good News comes in. I don’t have to figure out how to be a free person on my own. I have the best example of what it means to walk free in Jesus: His life, death, and resurrection were made up of only free choices. Additionally, we’ve been given the gift of the Holy Spirit who is Wisdom. This is incredible news! This means neither sin nor law can enslave me. We have been gifted the same power that Jesus had, the power that guided Him to know when to fast and when to feast.
The Christian walk seems to be about undoing and doing less. Our God says, “Be still and know that I am God.” I’ve been thinking about abundance and dependence; I think true freedom is sacrifice because to be truly free means you have no worry of lack; I think that’s why Jesus talks so much about forgiveness. We have no need to hold on to past hurts because we have everything we need. We have no need to hold on to anything because we truly have access to everything we could ever need to live an abundant life.
Free people know when to fast AND when to feast for nourishment.
Free people know when to work AND when to rest as an act of worship and creativity.
Free people know when to seek solitude AND when to seek community as members of the body of Christ.
Free people know when to quietly meditate AND when to boldly worship as an act of surrender.
Free people know how to forgive AND how to speak truth in love as brothers and sisters.