Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Made for Spirituality

Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection. Made for joy, we settle for pleasure. Made for justice, we clamor for vengeance. Made for relationship, we insist on our own way. Made for beauty, we are satisfied with sentiment. But new creation has already begun. The sun has begun to rise. Christians are called to leave behind, in the tomb of Jesus Christ, all that belongs to the brokenness and incompleteness of the present world.... That, quite simply, is what it means to be Christian; to follow Jesus Christ into the new world, God's new world which he has thrown open before us." (N.T. Wright, Simply Christian; Why Christianity Makes Sense)
What do you think? Where are we? Do we settle for introspection, pleasure, vengeance, our own way, sentiment? Or do we reach for what we are made for? Spirituality? Joy? Justice? Relationship? Beauty?

Christ is at work in each of us. In all of us, together. God's sanctifying grace is active, re-creating us. Are we open to it? Do we accept it? Do we step into the darkness of change and follow Christ? 

What do you think? Is Wright right? Is this what it means to be a Christian? Is this what it means to follow Christ? Does it mean stepping into a new world? Stepping into the world that God has opened for us?

I think he's right, and I think the door is wide open for us to move into the new creation. Are we willing? What step do I need to take to move toward sanctification? What step do you need to take, today, toward where God is calling you?



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