AM I LIVING IN RESURRECTION FAITH?
DANGERS, TOILS, AND SNARES. As I left the church building following an awesome Easter morning celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, I began to wonder what various kinds of challenges, temptations, decisions, conflicts, struggles, confrontations, and/or emotional issues each of us would face before we met again. And I wondered if we would respond to these myriad "dangers, toils, and snares" primarily with and from faith, or more with/from our wits, fight or flight response mechanism, strength, fear, intellect, power, position, habit, and/or routine?
FAITH, LESS... For all my intentions and residing "in Christ" by faith, I would have to give myself a "C" grade in this regard so far this week. When I've been late, I've driven faster. I've relied on my wits more than my faith. I've browsed for the latest online news bytes when I might have taken in the Word of God. I've spoken when I might better have listened. I've accepted praise when I might have given glory to God. I've acted from my relatively limited positions of power rather than to influence through love and service. I've jumped to conclusions instead of waiting for insight and wisdom. I've judged in petty, critical ways when I might have at least attempted to look at life through the eyes/shoes of the one I carelessly ridiculed.
WHAT YOUR RISING MAKES POSSIBLE. I suppose it is a good thing that I've been graced to recognize, confess, and repent of these pitfalls. But it is a matter of prayer, discipline and guidance to move intentionally from such faithlessness to a more robust life lived in and from faith. What I preach, I will practice. O God, help me live in the faith that Your rising makes possible, to Your glory. Amen.