God doesn’t just patch you up- He renews you completely!

The following is a paraphrased version of what was said to me in a meeting today:

“it’s part of my personality, you know? i go to church and i know shouldn’t sit in the back, waiting for it to be over, but i do. just get in and get out, don’t see anyone. but i know God is telling me i can’t do that, church isn’t one hour a week that i sit and then get out of. but i’m introverted by nature, so then i wonder if being something else would be being untrue to myself. so should i really do this? and then God says ‘yes! yes you do because I tell you to’ and i realize that of course i do it, if i did whatever i felt like doing, i’d be living in constant sin”

– my salt team rep

I relate to this so much. I never do this at home, where I’m anxious to run around and hug everyone after the service, but I live every day so introverted. and while I don’t need to force myself to be an extrovert, I allow the term to justify anti-social behavior and passivity that isn’t biblical at all, that undercut the kingdom of God in my life.

So as I work on trying to be more assertive, I want to focus on being more loving, on exposing the kingdom of God to the people around me. It’s JUST FINE not to be comfortable (encouraged, really) – that’s an american thing, not a God thing.

“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”

– Mark 2:21-22

Iwas texting a friend this morning, before any of this entered my mind and said “Remember that we should be grateful for what we have doesn’t always solve feeling miserable. We have to dig in deep and change our lifestyles. Is that true?” and he said back “God doesn’t just want to change the bad things about us- he’s trying to make us into a new kind of creature – even our understanding of ‘good things’ has to be renovated – even things we do that we think are ok need to be torn down and rebuilt”

“Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

– Ephesians 5:14b

Tell me any thoughts or anything please :]

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2 thoughts on “God doesn’t just patch you up- He renews you completely!

  1. Found the link to this from your Tumblr, and ended up clicking on this one. I’ll prob just read your other account most of the time, but I had to comment on this cause I loved it! This post totally reminded me of a quote that I was reading the other day by (my favorite author) C.S. Lewis:

    “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”

  2. Danni, this problem is prbaboly worst of all when it’s experienced in the workplace. As a female in a male dominated business (the Army) I know what it’s like to be limited in job and advancement opportunities because I am a woman and I know that it is extremely frustrating. The only real saving grace for me is that promotions are time line based rather than merit based (a flaw of the system but that’s another story). I’ve read some interesting perspectives from men about how this big push for women’s equality has affected them but I think for the most part they don’t realize how difficult it inherently is for us to be viewed and treated as equal. It think it’s something that’s really just going to take more time and patience on our part.

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