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Here and Now

The first time God was asked to name Himself, He said, “I am” (Ex. 3:14). He is simply—and infinitely—Himself. And in the person of Jesus, He invited people to get to know Him in the context of a face-to-face relationship. This realisation led author John Eldredge to write in one of his books, Beautiful Outlaw, about the singular unchanging beauty of Christ’s often overlooked personality and how it can transform us.

Scripture shows that Jesus continuously astonished the people who knew Him. What are some of His personality traits that would change our relationship with Him and how we understand His work in our lives, if were we to recognize and embrace them?

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His disruptiveness. For far too long we have portrayed Jesus as kindly and loving in a soft way. Think “elevator music.” It’s music . . . kind of. Well, we’ve done the same sort of thing with the word love. We’ve made it a very sweet, sappy, two-dimensional kind-of love. We’ve made elevator music with the personality of Jesus.

But Jesus was radically disruptive. Not obnoxious, but unnerving and massively unsettling. He had the courage to say things we would never say. Love is not always a get-well card; sometimes it’s an intervention.

His trueness. Jesus is so true to Himself. How much of what we do is motivated by fear of man? To be entirely free of false guilt, pressure, and false allegiances would be absolutely extraordinary. This is what gives Jesus the ability to say such startlingly honest things to people. It is what enables Him to be so scandalous. This is the secret of His ability to navigate praise and contempt. Neither success nor opposition has power over Him. One day, the crowds love Him; the next, they’re shouting for His crucifixion. Jesus is the same man—the same personality—through the swirling tempest. Jesus is free from the fear of man.

Hebrews 1:3 says, “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being” (NIV). That’s why Jesus came—to be incarnate, to live before us. He said, “If you’ve seen Me, you’ve seen the Father” (John 14:9). And “I and the Father are one” (10:30). If He’s “the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8), then His personality hasn’t changed.

May you this week know that Jesus hasn’t changed and will always be the anchor to your soul.  May you experience this constant in all the changes of life and may this give you hope.  May this hope bring you wonder and contentment.

Grace and peace.

 

Here and Now

Have you walked to the edge of today
Only to find that tomorrow
Is still an unformed dream
Of history about
To repeat?

At the edge of today did you
Achieve all that you had hoped
While regret held you back
From your dream of
The future?

If tomorrow‘s friend never called
Would the end of today
Be any different from
The past failed
Friendships?

It seems always the same
Forever unchanging regret
Betrayed by hope
Abandoned through
Rejection

Perhaps then the present
Is the only gift of today
Worth opening now
And spending time
With

For the one friend today
Yesterday and forever
Is here now with
His arms wide
Open

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Loose the Change

Benjamin Franklin once said that there are only two things in this world that will never change – death and taxes.  It is true that these things will always be with us and that they are constant, but they do change – taxes change, death happens to us all but not at the same time.  There is really only one thing that will never change – God.  He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

For I, the Lord, do not change
~ Malachi 3:6

There is constant change in our own life, our home, our community and our workplace. It is comforting to know that we can hang our faith on the one thing that will never change. 

When we really think about it, none of us mind change as long as we are in control.  We happily buy and sell houses, change jobs, add children to our family, lose weight, go to a new church, get involved in the community.  As long as we are doing the change and are in control we are happy to change.  

Some people believe that going through change is something that happens to them, like a cork bobbing up and down in the ocean.  It’s expected and part of life.

The years are rolling by me and they are rockin’ evenly
And I am older than I once was and younger than I’ll be
That’s not unusual
~ Simon and Garfunkel

This should not be unusual. What is difficult and challenging about change is when we are not in control, when our house is sold in a mortgagee sale, when we get laid off, when children leave home, when we gain weight, when our church splits, and our community changes.  This is when we choose to either resist, or accept change.  This is a process.

If change is a house and the stages of change are rooms in the house, they could be, in no particular order, described like this:

·         The contentment room
·         The sun lounge
·         The renewal room
·         The denial room
·         The confusion room
·         Wrong direction door – leaving the house
·         Paralysis pit
·         The dungeon of deniel

Have you spent anytime in these rooms when you were going through change?  Depending on whether you accept or resist change will depend which room you choose to spend your time in. 

Resisting change for too long ends up in bondage and chains.  Accepting change is all about loosing chains and choosing to be free.  This too is a process.  We cannot force the change process. We need to cultivate an attitude of acceptance and ownership.  It is up to us and it is our choice.  It is us that must change first, not others.

Be the change that you want to see in the world ~ Gandhi

So what about you my friend?  What changes are you facing?  Which room will you choose to spend time in?  Here or somewhere this week share your story, you may just be able to be the change that others are desperate to see in the world. 

 

Loose the change

Yesterday you were
The Immortal God
While mortality rises
In the land of the lost

Today you are
The invisible being
That we can just glimpse
In our dim reflection

Tomorrow you will
Be our wise hope in ages past
And today in your unchanged presence
You shape our future

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Vision

You have carved my life
and shaped my soul,
You keep moulding me
to make me whole.

You complete me,
and make me feel.
like a walk in the rain,
You keep me real.

You create desire in me
and make me wait,
order my steps
before I innovate.

You are my beginning and my end,
the Alpha and Omega – my long life friend.

Destine my life
and determine my decision,
and through You –
help my live Your vision.

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