did you know…

did_you_know

Did you know that…

you can be a justice fighter and  not have love and mercy..

you can be forgiven but unable to forgive…

you can work hard to reach out to those who are outside the church but shut out the ones who are in it…

you can care for the sinners, but condemn the redeemed who have sinned…

you can teach the Truth, and yet fail to own it …

you can be committed to being right and wrong people along the way…

It does not seem possible, but it is happening even to the best of us.  When you think about it, it is all about performing, about looking “right” for the part.  It is living and measuring up to our own and also others expectations, to what we thought is the “norm”,  just like the show ” What Not To Wear”…as if by dressing  in an “acceptable” way it will change one’s life and trajectory.

I remember years ago I ran into a friend at the store, and I noticed that she was trying very hard to avoid a conversation with me. Her coldness really bothered me, until  much later I found out that she does not like to be seen without make up and the proper attire.  This is a good  illustration of how we only want to be seen in certain ways,  as we are afraid that people might like us less otherwise.

I was told many times by young people who have left church as they feel Christians are expected to have all their ducks in the row:  to look and act like they have all the answers.  Some one had said to me once that there is this  prevailing  “country club” mentality, that we need to talk and behave according to the club’s standard in order to qualify membership.

I had issues with these kind of statements until recently I started to notice the reality around me.  We are toggling on the balance of “being” and “doing” and have fallen prey to this on-going struggle.    It is like a frog being slowly cook to death in a pot of water without the realization.   The last two weeks I have struggled with this, and I am so thankful that He has given me these words from The Message:

“Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.” Romans 5:6-8

Christ loves us the way we are, we don’t need to get our ducks in the row, to be ready…to look right for the part.  He loves us even when were no of use, weak and rebellious…..He has taken the shackles off us and set us free, and there is no reason why we have to go back and put it back on and render ourselves and others bondage all over again.

He loves us with warts and all, and we really don’t  need to perform for Him.   All He wants is for us to stay true to Him.

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About mamaj

mom with two grown up girls, children pastor, avid knitter, coffee-lover, bear-collector. I love reading, hanging out with my girl friends and yes, I am owned by a golden lab, Jaden.

Posted on July 5, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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