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A Holy Discontent

"Good Teacher, what must I do to deserve eternal life?"  Jesus said, "Why are you calling me good? No one is good—only God. You know the commandments, don't you? No illicit sex, no killing, no stealing, no lying, honour your father and mother." He said, "I've kept them all for as long as I can remember." When Jesus heard that, he said, "Then there's only one thing left to do: Sell everything you own and give it away to the poor. You will have riches in heaven. Then come, follow me." This was the last thing the official expected to hear. He was very rich and became terribly sad. He was holding on tight to a lot of things and not about to let them go. Luke 18:18-23 (MSG)

He was holding on tight to a lot of things and not about to let them go. 

What a cryptic, damning, summary statement!  Eternal life at stake, yet he couldn’t let go of the things that had a hold of him.  The temporary for the permanent, the timeless traded in for the transient.  Holding on to the treasures, that Jesus said: “moth and rust destroy.”

That’s why I like this period called Lent.  It allows soul searching.  It sets aside time for deep introspection—to dredge up and throw out those things in our lives that have slowly, subtly crept in and replaced eternal, Kingdom attributes and behaviours with temporal, earthly acquisitions that threaten to compromise our citizenship in the only Kingdom that counts.

So embrace this period, my friends.  Let this time leading into Easter be a time of “Holy discontent.”  A time for the Holy Spirit to bring to our minds those things that are contrary to the will of God and detrimental to our Christian walk; those things that we hold on to—tightly, but that have no Kingdom value.  Allow Him to prise them free.

Fast if you can, and use the hunger pangs to draw you into closer intimacy with Him.  Let Him remind you that “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”  And allow Him to break strongholds and behaviour patterns that you never thought could be broken.

Pray, as you must, with tenacity and purpose and passion, reminding Him that “He who has begun a good work in you, will (and must) carry it on to its completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”   And permit Him to take your life and break it (if need be), and mould it and fill it and use you for Kingdom purposes.

And when Resurrection day dawns, celebrate with joy that all the things you had held on to for a long time have been let go off through the refining, purifying work that He has done in your life and mine.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

Agapé

Pastor

 
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