Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Joyless Church Life
"They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others"Reading that section hit home on how sissy churches have had a helping hand: heaping new rules of "thou shall not" is easier than creating new ways and paths to live a full, good, holy life. It's easy to be passive with new rules rather than blazing new trail(s). Just as it seems harder to create and start your own business (instead of becoming an employee), living a life of purity with the long list of "don'ts" is less joyful but easier said than done: life of purity by a freeman under Christ will always seem more challenging when in fact it is the way it should be. Jesus came and told us:
The pursuit of righteousness is always an exhausting pursuit when it seeks a distorted goal. Steven Mosley speaks [...]
"...our morality calls out rather feebly. It whines from the corner of a sanctuary; it awkwardly interrupts pleasures; it mumbles excuses at parties; it shuffles along out of step and slightly behind the times ... It's often regarded by our secular contemporaries as a narrow, even trivial, pursuit."
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10bHe knows what He's talking about: we need to listen and carry out His vision. The question for me is how well tuned am I to listen to Him? Hopefully, I am ready to reply like Samuel:
Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening." 1 Sam 3:10b