Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Violence of Resting

A reminder from our pastor this week couldn't have been more timely.   He talked about how God wants us to kick the legs out from under the chair.  God doesn't desire us to rest in our own merit, efforts or religious principles, God desires us to rest solely on the legs of him with nail-pierced feet.  Don't get too comfortable in that earthly chair; you weren't intended to sit in it.

There is a surprising violence of choice to rest in the Rest Giver, to say that his way is The Only Way, to kick even decrepit legs out from under us.  Faith is hurling all our weight in a chair without legs, because our sight is on Jesus, the man whose legs are like burnished bronze (Daniel 10:6, Revelation 1:15).   In the world's mind we appear stupid to not self-promote ourselves, to not glory in our successes, to identify ourselves with a murdered man - a common criminal.   But we plug our ears to such lies.   We don't sit in a legless chair; we sit in a throne.   According to Ephesians 2:6, "God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus."  If you took the name of Christ, don't forget where you should be seated. 

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