'The mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.' Romans 8:6 NIV
GK Chesterton once said: ‘Jesus promised His disciples three things—that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy, and in constant trouble.’ Life, then, as a Christian, will be turned up to the max on all fronts. We’re all called to this. You’re called to this active life of pointing others to Jesus and showing God’s goodness to those around you. To help you, well, there’s the fearlessness, the happiness, and the trouble.
You live to do justice, love, kindness and walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8). As you go about being God’s hands and feet to bring about that justice, kindness and humility, His perfect love will override your ‘natural’ fear of how dangerous it can all be (1 John 4:18). You’ll get pushed on by your absurd happiness (Nehemiah 8:10) in the middle of an unpredictable life. ‘In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’ (John 16:33 NIV)
How it happens in your life will be different than the next person and partly up to you. You might get paid out for it. Praying for the sick and sharing the Gospel might sting. But in the centre of it all you’re promised that God will be there, for you. You might feel like your world is a spinning wheel. The outside might be constantly moving, but remember if you’re in the centre with God, then all is like the ‘eye’ of a storm—stillness and peace.
SoulFood: Deut 18-21, Matt 8:18-34, Ps 44:1-8, Prov 12:7-9
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