A brother reminded me this week that walking with the Lord is no easy task. Since the Lord lit a fire in my heart a few years ago, I have never ever forgotten the cost of discipleship. But it’s easy to settle into a routine and assume everything is good. And then something comes along and we get smacked in the face with opposition, whether it’s from people, work, struggles of life, anything from the world around us - it either floors us, or slowly brings us down until we’re dragging our feet. And it’s like, what is this? Mayne, I just wanna live my life. I just want to make the people I love happy and I want a steady, secure lilfe, something I can predict. I just want a family, with 2.5 kids, two cars, a chicken in every pot, a white picket fence and a dog named Spot (or hedgehod named Sparkles). But we can’t do that. It’s crazy that any moment, God can uproot us from where we are, and destroy everything we know (ugh personal experience). And what’s even crazier is that some of us are saying “Lord! Do it, I will go, just send me.” I’m encouraged by those who can.
We’re God’s chosen people. Seriously, He had NO reason to choose me. Wtf can I do? I’m a speck of cosmic dust. But out of the billions of people throughout history, and the many paths we can walk, He chose a few for a narrow road. We’re like freakin soldiers or something, defending the righteousness of the Lord Christ Jesus. On enemy territory. WE HOLDIN IT DOWN. Like nuh uh, dis our hood nao.
When we get weighed down the the chains of tempation, and flesh, and sin, we got dat Holy Spirit to break free. It be like “we know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to NOTHING, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.” - Romans 6:6
I know it can be difficult to trek through whatever you’re going through. Believe me, I’ve had my trials of broken relationships, insecurity, depression, loneliness, apathy; God has bulldozed away so many of my carefully laid plans, but He has traded what was good for what was better. And I’m glad that most of the time, when these trials hit me again, my first instinct is to look to the Lord, because all other sources of healing have proven to be unrealible. I march through these adversities and while I will not emerge with a body of shining, radiant armor, I am prepared for the Lord to see the dents and the dirt on it and say “well done, good and faithful servant.” We all wait for the day when we can be reunited with the Lord and there will be no pain and suffering and will be singing and dancing and feasting. This pain is only temporary, and while God has no business caring for us, He still looks over each and every one of us (and it’s like wuuuuuuuuttttttttt???)
I want to praise you all for fighting the good fight and encourage you to run even faster towards Jesus. It’s rough and tough, but we’re all in this together. Let no one come between us and our reward in Heaven. It will be glorious.
"The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of the suffering disgrace for the Name." -Acts 5:41
"Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that and and LEAP FOR JOY, bbecause great is your reward in heaven." - Luke 6:22-23
"BELOVED, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But REJOICE insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you." - 1 Peter 4:12-14
"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us." - Romans 8:18
"In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world". - John 16:33
It’s funny, because this brother, who we’ll call Thomas because his name is Thomas, is not really known for encouraging in the conventional style and this all resulted out of a conflict. There was a lot of tension between the guys in our summer cell group, and since he’s a passionate, convicted guy, he called us out. And as the prophets, he was met with adversity. But he let us back him into a corner and pummel him. And he told us that this was an example of the Lord revealing his own heart, that even though it was a well-intentioned message, it still revealed the flaws in his nature and how much he still needs to turn to and rely on the Lord. He embraced it. And he exhorted us to pursue God as hard as we could and encouraged us to be real with each other, and help each other grow. It was clear that the Holy Spirit was present and like The Lion King, it was like can you feel the love tonight? (I make one exception for feelings this time)