Have you ever noticed someone who is a broken mess? And while you are judging their brokenness, you are inspired by the hopefulness they express? I am a broken mess, and yet I see how God loves me as I am, but is preparing and propelling me onward and upward. And there is no time to waste!
At Staff Chapel this week, we had the amazing privilege to be inspired by Dr. Robert Tuttle. What a jolly man of God, and a Spirit-filled vessel of wisdom. As a Seminary Professor for 50 years, he has educated and inspired multi-generations on the Word of God. He spoke to us from Romans, Chapter 8.
Romans 8:1-4 New International Version (NIV)
8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[b] God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.[c] And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Then to demonstrate this Scripture, he testifies how this text means we are free. There is nothing keeping us from living a full and vibrant life in Christ Jesus. No condemnation.
John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Hallelujah! No more average. Life is extraordinary. And to seal the deal, our on-fire Worship Leader, Corey Shores, led us in this hymn:
You are My Peace by Housefires
I lay my burdens at Your feet
I’m letting go of all the things I can’t control
In my frailty Lord I find your strength
I am depending on a love that won’t let go
I trust You
I trust You
I trust You
Oh You are my peace…..
I may be a broken mess, but I am richly blessed. The sky is not gray. I just couldn’t/wouldn’t see the colors. I was blind, but now I see. Moving forward the agenda is to trust in the goodness of God, and set priorities to be a part of life changing renewal and revival in the name of Jesus.
Pastor Glenn Ray brought it all into perspective for me. “I truly believe if you get your priorities in order, you will want to make a positive mark on your world. You will want to leave a legacy of service to others and to change the life and the outlook on life for those around you.”
Life is difficult. But I don’t have to live in fear and loathing of my next trouble. My Lord and Savior has my heart, and this girl ain’t going anywhere.
John 16:33 New International Version (NIV)
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
If I truly believe there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus, then I need to live like I believe it. As my friend Lauren Daigle says, “The darkness should have known…..He’s still rolling stones.” Watch out world!