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Instrument: How To Make Opposites Attract

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.

Prayer of St. Francis

Amen.

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Darkness

“Don’t curse the darkness but light a candle.”

Brother Andrew

I woke up today to some news that simultaneously made me mad, broke my heart, and flooded me with compassion. Yeah, that’s a lot to feel at one time. The news was of the moral failure of Tullian Tchividjian. Those who have read this blog for any length of time have probably heard me quote or reference him. You could say I’m a pretty big fan. So, I feel like I should say something.

Now, I am in no way condoning what has happened, sin is sin. However, I will not judge Tullian. I am no better though my sin may look different.

What I don’t want to see happen is us throwing the baby out with the bathwater. We shouldn’t discount what He has said that is the truth of scripture just because he has sinned.

What needs to happen is love. Love and support. Love and prayer. Prayer for Tullian, his family, and the other parties involved.

Accusations aren’t needed.

Judgement isn’t needed.

Tullian and everyone involved has my prayers, support and love. Nothing less.

6:1 Brethren, if it seems that someone continues to 1anticipate their next 2failure (by carrying just too much load, see verse 2), from your position in faith restore such a person in a spirit of courtesy and grace, keeping your own attitude in check; a legalistic approach would want to suspiciously probe into problems. (The word, 1prolambano, means to anticipate, take in advance; 2paraptoma, comes from para, close proximity, proceeding from a sphere of influence, and pipto, means to lose height, stop flying, to fail. Remember you represent grace not law.)

6:2  The law of the Christ-life distinguishes your spirituality; taking the weight off someone’s shoulder is fulfilling the law of Christ. (The message of grace removes all law-related burdens such as guilt, suspicion, inferiority, shame and a sin-consciousness.)

6:3  Anyone who imagines to be someone they are not, lives a lie. (The law system sponsors pretense; grace reveals your true identity redeemed in Christ.)

6:4  Now, without the pressure of pretense, you are free to give expression to your individual self and not some phony life you’re trying to fake. Evaluate your own conduct in such a way that you do not need another’s approval to confirm your joy.

Galatians 6:1-4 Mirror

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Rest

“If we’re not careful, we can give people the impression that Christianity is first and foremost about the sacrifice we make for Jesus rather than the sacrifice Jesus made for us; our performance for him rather than his performance for us; our obedience for him rather than his obedience for us. The hub of Christianity is not ‘do something for Jesus’ the hub of Christianity is ‘Jesus has done everything for you.’ And my fear is that too many people, both inside and outside the church, have heard our pleas for intensified devotion and concluded that the focus of Christian faith is our love for God instead of God’s love for us. Don’t get me wrong — what we do is important. But it is infinitely less important that what Jesus has done for us”

– Tullian Tchividjian, One Way Love

So, how many of us started on the treadmill of “doing something for God” right after salvation? I’ll raise my hand. Both of them in fact.

I got caught up in the nobility of doing something for God and the obligation of doing something for Him since He did so much for me.

Now, is that wrong? Initially, I would say no. But if your entire relationship with God is doing things for Him, I would suggest checking your motives. Because if you don’t you’ll get a bad case of “burnout.” Start by asking and answering these questions.

Are you serving Him out of a place of resting in His love?

Are you serving Him out of fear of being rejected?

Are you serving Him from a place of clinging to an identity of a servant?

How did you do? Only after these questions are answered, even if you don’t like the answer, you can begin to move forward. Let’s start to answer these questions from God’s perspective.

Are you serving Him out of a place of resting in His love?

Jesus understood in His day that people are workers based on merit and it continues until today. His answer? Rest. His method? His yoke. Wait, a yoke. Yokes are for work, right? Matthew shares with us this gem.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Matt. 11:28-30 MSG

Ok, but that’s still a yoke. A comfortable yoke, but still. So what makes this one lighter? Christ. He makes all the difference.  Re-read the verse above. Rest in Christ’s words.

Are you serving Him out of fear of being rejected?

Do you look at service to God and for Him in a way to cause you fear of being cast out if you stopped?  I get it. I’ve been there. But read what Jesus said in John.

“Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go.”

John 6:37 MSG

See! He is the one holding onto you! Let go. He has you. He will not reject you for He cannot reject Himself.

Are you serving Him from a place of clinging to an identity of a servant?

Servant mindset

Not worthy.

Not good enough.

I’ve been there, too. Then one day, while reading through the gospels again, BOOM, there is was. Jesus, full of grace and truth, said a statement that set me free.

“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”

Jon 15:15 MSG

He included us in what He’s doing! We’re in! Don’t believe me? Read this.

He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.

Ephesians 2:6 MSG

It’s ok. Most all of us have been there. And the good news is that Jesus knew we would be there so He went ahead and told all this beforehand. So that once we got tired and fell of the treadmill of merit we would fall right into His arms. Nothing you do for God will be good enough or bigger than what He did for you through Jesus. That’s good news!

So, go ahead and push “STOP” on your treadmill.

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Fullness

“There was in Stephen and the saints the fullness of a container, but in Christ, there is the fullness of a spring. Their fullness was given to them by someone else and so is derivative. In Christ, there is the fullness of a fountain, which proceeds from himself and depends on no one else. The medieval scholastic theologians expressed this well when they said that Christ’s and the saints’ fullness differ as fire and things set on fire. The fullness of the ocean is too small to express this. The removal of even a drop or two diminishes it to some degree, but you can light a thousand torches from the fullness of fire and it is not diminished at all.

John Preston, The Fullness of Christ

What does it look like? I’ve always thought of something being “full” as a glass of water that is full just past the brim about to run over. While I still think that is an appropriate picture, I now believe that true fullness is represented by that same glass spilling over it’s contents.

Bill Johnson has said, “Fullness is measured in overflow.” and that is a good measuring stick.  Jesus didn’t say drink of the water I have and have a full heart. No, He said that out of your heart will flow rivers of living water.

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